Events

2018 Wilde Awards Live

Join Susie Wilde, children’s book reviewer for the
Raleigh News & Observer as she presents her selections for
the best children’s picture books and novels of 2017.

Flyleaf Books                                Quail Ridge Books                       

Tuesday, November 13               TBA              

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm                     

  • Rhythmic books for babies
  • Picture books to inspire thought
  • Nonfiction sure to suck you in
  • Novels you can’t put down
  • Perfect teacher presents

Flyleaf Books, 752 MLK Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill      919-942-7373

www.flyleafbooks.com    

Quail Ridge Books, North Hills 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd, Raleigh  919-828-1588

www.quailridgebooks.com

Writing Classes

Introductory Children’s Book Classes
IMAGINE A CHILDREN’S BOOK: PART I

For years you’ve dreamed of writing a children’s book. You may even have a vague story idea. But how do you turn that into a workable plot? Susie Wilde, children’s book columnist for the Raleigh News and Observer, unites 30 years of writing and reviewing experience to teach you the steps that help give your story structure. From creating original characters to developing their motivations, conflicts, and finally resolutions, this class blends hands-on exploration of children’s books with opportunities to share yourwriting and ideas with fellow students. This fall, there will be day and evening sessions of this class.

  • Where: 7400 Talbryn Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • WhenWednesday mornings 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.;  Wednesday Evenings 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
  • Dates: September 5, 12, 19, 26, October 3
  • How Much: $125
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers–all levels from beginners to those with more experience
  • Registration for morning classes (Section A):  https://artscenterlive.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F3600000MzyGrEAJ
  • Registration for evening classes (Section B): https://artscenterlive.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F3600000MzyGwEAJ
IMAGINE A CHILDREN’S BOOK: PART II

How do you get your children’s book down on paper? What makes for a book that sparkles with style? Susie Wilde, children’s book columnist for the Raleigh News and Observer, unites 30 years of writing and reviewing experience to show you how to make a story sing. Wilde focuses on fiction elements needed to craft a strong story: images, dialogue, and vivid verbs.  The class blends hands-on exploration of children’s books with writing exercises and opportunities to share your work. To take this class you must have completed Part 1, or have teacher approval.

  • WhenWednesday mornings 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.;  Wednesday Evenings 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
  • Dates: October 17, 24, 31; Nov 7, 14
  • Where: 7400 Talbryn Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • How Much: $125
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers–all levels from beginners to those more experienced
  • Registration for morning classes (Section A): https://artscenterlive.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F3600000MzyHGEAZ
  • Registration for evening classes (Section B): https://artscenterlive.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F3600000MzyHLEAZ

Critique Groups

Weekly Tuesday Night Critique Group

This critique class is for dedicated writers who have work-in-progress. Bring copies of your manuscript for each of your colleagues; be prepared to share work every week.

  • When: Tuesday evenings 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Dates Session 1: September 4, 11, 18, 25, October 2
  • Dates Session 2: October 16, 23, 30; November 6, 27
  • Where: 7400 Talbryn Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers
  • How Much: $200/each session
  • Class limited to 5 writers–Class filled
Weekly Thursday Morning Critique Group

This critique class is for dedicated writers who have work-in-progress. Bring copies of your manuscript for each of your colleagues; be prepared to share work every week.There will be 6 classes in this session and this class is limited to six students.

  • When: 9:30-1:00 pm on Thursdays
  • Dates Session 1: September 6, 13, 20 27, October 4
  • Dates Session 2: October 18, 25; November 1, 15, 29
  • Where: 7400 Talbryn Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers
  • How Much:  $200/session
  • Class limited to 6 writers–class filled
Monthly Critique Groups 

These critique classes are for writers who are still finding their stories and want to working on their craft. There will be 2 classes in the spring session and the classes are limited to six students.

  • When: Mondays–September 3, Oct 1, November 5, December 5
    • Daytime Classes 9:30 am -12:00pm
    • Evening Classes 7:15 pm -10:00 pm
  • Where: 7400 Talbryn Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • Who: Children’s Book Writers
  • How Much: $ 160/session or $45/class
  • Register: email to confirm attendance
  •  Limit: 6 students

Professional Development Workshops

Digital Learning and Literacy

Build both your digital learning & literacy. The workshop begins with a snapshot of currently published picture books that accent technology. Participants will use these as a focus for discussions about representation in this growing field. Then we will examine how authors and books are currently being represented on the web (including #BookSnaps, snapchat,twitter and blogs). Analysis will include how to integrate technology in your classroom, discovering what kids are using and what they need and how to help them make good choices. Together we will produce a collaborative resource of the useful books and sites. This 10-hour professional development session will earn teachers 1 CEU credit in Digital Learning Competency.

Dates & Times: Friday, October 19, 4:30-8:30 and Saturday, October 20, 9:00am-3:00 pm

Location: Susie Wilde’s home, 7400 Talbryn Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27

Fee: $112

Registration Link: https://artscenterlive.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F3600000MzyHQEAZ