So You Want to Write a Picture Book

A page from Harry and WalterThis may be NaNoWriMo but two of my three current writing projects happen to be picture books and that’s where I’m focusing most of my attention this month. I’ll also, in the coming days, be offering practical guidance and (I hope) inspiration to others writing picture books.

Tomorrow evening I’m offering a presentation on “Writing A Children’s Picture Book” at the Rockwood Public Library, as part of my residency with Wellington County libraries. If you’re interested, call 519.856.4851 to see if there’s still space.

If you can’t make that one, the same session will be offered at the Hillsburgh Public Library on December 3. Call 519.855.4010 to register.

On November 19, I’m offering a Picture Book Master Class at Packaging Your Imagination called “Writing Short & Simple: A Complicated Undertaking.” This conference is in its 32nd year and there are lots of helpful sessions for novel writers on the program too. You can even attend PYI virtually, if you’re not in the Toronto area, or able or inclined to drive into the city.

If none of these dates works for you, you can always order my e-book, Writing Picture Books: What Works & What Doesn’t or Peter Carver’s So You Want to Write a Children’s Book in which he addresses the writing of picture books, fiction, and non-fiction (and yes, I borrowed heavily in the naming of this post).

Whether you’re working on a novel or a picture book this month, happy writing!

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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

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