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Picture Book Trends: A Curated Reading Workshop

Hollins University Campus 7916 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA, United States
Are you a parent, teacher, or librarian overwhelmed by the prospect of picking out the best new picture books for your young readers? Are you a creator who needs to stay on top of today’s picture book marketplace? If so, let Elizabeth lead you on a curated reading journey. Over the course of five days, Dr. e, will guide you through the picture book submissions for the annual Margaret Wise Brown Prize, identifying current themes and trends, and pointing out the written and visual tricks that […]

Character Design for Children’s Book

Hollins University Campus 7916 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA, United States
JUNE 24-28, 2024 What makes a winning children’s book character? In this week-long intensive course, students will develop two children’s book characters, pairing humans, animals, inanimate objects, mythical or imaginary friends/creatures in a creative combination. We’ll study books with great characters and character interaction, both human and non-human. Lectures will cover methods of both realistic and stylized character construction, thinking about gesture, shape, p […]

The Second Biennial Children’s Literature Symposium (Virtual)

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Symposium Theme: VALUING

What do we value in our field? How do we define value? This interdisciplinary symposium will reflect on what matters to us and examine the challenges that undermine such values as equity, inclusion, and access to books. We invite […]

Writing Intensive: The Path to Publication

Hollins University Campus 7916 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA, United States
You’ve spent months (or, very likely, years!) writing and editing your novel, workshopping and rereading and editing again, and you are ready to seek out traditional publication. What’s next? This workshop will cover all the steps you need to take your work from manuscript to book: crafting a query letter, learning what comp titles are (and how to find yours), researching which agents to query, writing a synopsis, making sure your first page shines, learning about the market, seeing what you […]