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The Whole Book Approach
Workshop with editor Yolanda Scott of Charlesbridge Publishing

Saturday, 2/6, 10am-12pm

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In a world of rapid digital change, the picture book is a powerful reminder of why traditional bookmaking matters. There’s something important in a book’s very physicality and the way it brings together adults and children in a shared reading experience. This workshop teaches proper picture-book terminology and will help you become comfortable discussing a book’s visual elements such as trim size, orientation, jacket, cover, and endpapers as you come to understand how these components enhance, underscore, and otherwise interact with the text. You’ll learn how to speak the same language as publishing professionals as well as discover an exciting, interactive new alternative to traditional story time: The Whole Book Approach.

Annual & Quarterly Members: $35
Non-Members: $50

Registration Required. Register Here.

Snow date: Saturday, 3/5

Yolanda Scott is the editorial director at Charlesbridge, where she has edited more than 175 titles over the last twenty years. She has worked with authors such as Eve Bunting, Tony Johnston, Kathryn Lasky, David McPhail, Wendell Minor, Linda Sue Park, Mitali Perkins, and Jane Yolen. Yolanda is a co-founder of Children’s Books Boston and a board member of the Children’s Book Council, where she also serves on the CBC Diversity Committee. She has been a children’s literature speaker and mentor at Boston College and Simmons College and is often a judge for the Boston Public Library Children’s Writer-in-Residence Program. www.charlesbridge.com


The Voice: Writers’ Loft Style (*Plus Critique*)
(Where Nobody Gets Sent Home and Everyone Wins)

Workshop with editor Karen Boss of Charlesbridge Publishing

For Picture Books: Sunday, 3/6, 10am-12pm
For Middle Grade: Saturday, 3/12, 10am-12pm

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Do you sometimes struggle with voice in your writing? Do you have an idea for a book about a topic that includes a lesson or moral? Do you see a hole in the market for a book about a specific topic but are stuck on how to write about it authentically? Have you struggled to figure out how to keep nostalgia out of your writing and to fully connect with the kid voice in the first- or third-person? YOU ARE NOT ALONE. These challenges are ones faced by many children’s-book writers. Join Charlesbridge editor Karen Boss to interrogate how didacticism might be holding you back and how to identify nostalgia or when the adult voice is encroaching on your writing. Look at specific examples and consider how to recast manuscripts to strengthen them. Participate in exercises to get your writing muscles moving.

BONUS: Every participant will be invited to submit a current manuscript and will get a written critique within one month. (That manuscript doesn’t need to be relevant to the workshop. It can be any completed work you have.)

For Picture Books: 1 Completed Manuscript
For Middle Grade: Up to 3 Chapters or 30 pages (whichever is shorter)

Annual & Quarterly Members: $80
Non-Members: $110

(Workshop without Critique)
Annual & Quarterly Members: $35
Non-Members: $50

Registration Required. Register Here.

Snow dates
Picture Books: Sunday, 4/3
Middle Grade: Saturday, 4/9

Karen Boss is an assistant editor at Charlesbridge where she works on fiction and nonfiction picture books and middle-grade novels. She holds a MA in Children’s Literature from Simmons College and regularly acts as a mentor for their Writing for Children MFA program. Karen also has an MA in higher education administration and worked at colleges and in the nonprofit sector for the first 15 years of her career. She still works part-time in development at Hyde Square Task Force, a nonprofit that works with at-risk youth in Jamaica Plain. Some authors she’s currently working with are Jane Yolen, Nancy Bo Flood, Rich Michelson, David Harrison, and debut author Jane Petrlik Smolik. Her favorite children’s book is The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White, and she thinks that Holes by Louis Sachar is quite possibly the best thing ever written.


Agent & Art Director Critiques & Brunch – For Illustrators

with Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges, Agent, Author, Professor of Illustration at RISD and Former Art Director along with Scott Magoon, Illustrator and Former Art Director

Saturday, 3/26, 10am

Illustrator Brunch Flyer

Are you preparing your portfolio for an upcoming conference? Need an expert in the field to help give you some feedback? Please join us for a personal critique of your portfolio!

Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges and Scott Magoon will be at offering one-on-one critiques with immediate feedback of your work. Each critique will be 15 minutes in length, with a maximum number of 10-12 pieces per portfolio, so please be sure to choose your pieces wisely. If you decide to bring original artwork, please know that it is at your own risk.

Half way through the morning, Judy Sue and Scott will give a presentation on what makes a strong portfolio, with time for participant questions.

Annual & Quarterly Members: $65 
Non-Members: $85

Registration Required. Register Here.

Snow date: Saturday, 4/2

Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges, a RISD alumna and former art director, has been a Professor of Illustration at RISD for many years. In addition, she is a picture book author and the founder and owner of Studio Goodwin Sturges in Boston, an agency that represents more than forty domestic and international children’s book illustrators. To learn more about Judy, please visit www.studiogoodwinsturges.com.

Scott Magoon is an author and illustrator of many acclaimed books including SPOON by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, THE NUTS series by Eric Litwin, MOSTLY MONSTERLY by Tammi Sauer and his own books BREATHE and THE BOY WHO CRIED BIGFOOT. He recently left his Art Director position at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to pursue his writing and illustrating full time; an opportunity he very greatly appreciates. Please visit his website www.scottmagoon.com for more information.


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