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2021 Virtual Fall Conference – Schedule

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Saturday, September 18, 2021

 

8:45-9am Open Remarks with Regional Advisor Beth Mills

 

9-11:30am Retreat Part 1 (2.5 hours)

 

Novel Track: “Crafting Irresistible Characters & Plot for Today’s Market – Part 1” with editor Mary Kole

Description: This dual-prog novel track intensive will deal with four crucial elements of being a contemporary kidlit novel writer: the market, your premise, your character craft, and creating a compelling plot. The workshop will start with a market overview and a broad strokes discussion of premise—the idea behind your novel. Once you learn what it takes to create a compelling and multi-layered story idea, we will break down the necessary ingredients in crafting a dynamic character for young readers, and then putting that character into motion in an engaging plot. Both novel newcomers and seasoned pros will come away with some new ideas to take their story craft to the next level and compete in a shifting contemporary marketplace.

 

Picture Book Track: TBA with editor Jackie Kruzie

Description: TBA – Part 1 

 

Illustrator Track: Creating Memorable Picture Book Characters” with Creative Director Patti Ann Harris

Description: As illustrators, how do we convey an emotional connection with our readers through the picture book characters we create? In this workshop, participants will be given a choice of 2 manuscripts as a source of inspiration to begin to explore their own paths to that solution. Sketches will be submitted prior to our meeting and feedback will be shared to the sketches. More information about the assignment here. A color piece, showcasing the character will be the final art brought to our workshop for a group critique. A presentation and Q&A will follow the group critique.

 

11:30am-12:30pm Lunch

 

12:30-12:55pm Faculty Panel

 

1-2:30pm Retreat Part 2 (2.5 hours)

 

Novel Track: “Crafting Irresistible Characters & Plot for Today’s Market – Part 2” with editor Mary Kole

Description: This dual-prog novel track intensive will deal with four crucial elements of being a contemporary kidlit novel writer: the market, your premise, your character craft, and creating a compelling plot. The workshop will start with a market overview and a broad strokes discussion of premise—the idea behind your novel. Once you learn what it takes to create a compelling and multi-layered story idea, we will break down the necessary ingredients in crafting a dynamic character for young readers, and then putting that character into motion in an engaging plot. Both novel newcomers and seasoned pros will come away with some new ideas to take their story craft to the next level and compete in a shifting contemporary marketplace.

 

Picture Book Track: TBA with editor Jackie Kruzie

Description: TBA – Part 2 

 

Illustrator Track: Pacing and Page Turns in Picture Books” with Creative Director Patti Ann Harris

Description: Picture books can be seen as a form of dramatic art. Like the storyboards that are utilized in animation, the spreads of a picture book move the story forward through their visual action. In this workshop, we will explore the importance of sequencing and how establishing a rhythm between the pages of the book can enhance the action of the story. A choice of 2 manuscripts will be provided to create rough sketches for 2 sequential spreads. These sketches will be submitted prior to the retreat and feedback will be shared. One of these spreads will be recommended to go to final art and brought to the retreat for a group critique. More information about this assignment may be found here. A presentation and Q&A will follow the group critique.

 

** Live Manuscript Critiques will be held the week before and after the conference. Please be in your critique waiting room at least 5 minutes before your critique to make sure you don’t miss it. Missed critiques can NOT be rescheduled.

 

You can register for the conference here.