Non-Traditional Plot Arcs
In Picture Books
with author Andrea Wang
Tuesday, March 9, 7:00 pm ET
Do you have a picture book idea that doesn't fit the usual "three obstacles and a solution" type of plot? Join award-winning author Andrea Wang for a free virtual chat on non-traditional plot arcs. She'll give an overview of a traditional narrative plot arc, talk about different types of picture book story structures, and discuss what elements are important to include to make your story compelling.
Writing Verse Novels
with author Rajani LaRocca
Sunday, March 14, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Novels in verse for young people are becoming more popular among publishers, schools, and readers. But how do you write a novel in verse? In this Zoom webinar, author Rajani LaRocca will break down the process of creating a verse novel, including balancing character, voice, and plot; using different poetic forms; and choosing the most powerful "chapters" to tell your story.
In Conversation With ...
Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Wednesday, March 17, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm ET
Join us for an informal talk with best-selling and award-winning author Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Lynda will discuss her books, share insights into her creative process, and give tips for fellow writers. All are welcome!
Lessons Learned From Twenty Years Of Writing
with author Francisco X. Stork
Tuesday, April 6, 7:00 pm ET
Join Francisco X. Stork, the award-winning author of ten novels for young adults, as he shares his observations and experiences on the art and craft of writing, including writing without anxiety, creating unique characters, and inventing thrilling plots. All are welcome!
Writing Graphic Novel Scripts
with author Megan Wagner Lloyd
Saturday, April 10, 2:00 pm ET
Join author Megan Wagner Lloyd for an introduction to writing graphic novel scripts as a non-illustrator. Megan will discuss evaluating ideas for comics, formatting a script, and setting the stage for visual storytelling. This casual chat will be geared toward beginners to the format, though all are welcome, and will conclude with a Q&A.
Writing Picture-Book Characters With Big Emotions
with editor Julie Bliven
Thursday, April 15, 7:00 pm ET
In this hands-on webinar, editor Julie Bliven of Charlesbridge will look at what it means for a writer to evoke one's child-like instincts and successfully express big emotions through a picture-book character. How can we craft poignant child characters and stories that express believable, powerful emotions—without summarizing or "telling"? We'll examine examples from published picture books and use writing prompts to practice revealing various character emotions in organic, age-appropriate ways that build story.