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N Texas: Two Picture Book Workshops featuring Authors Pat Miller and Penny Parker Klostermann

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Date(s) - 08/27/2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Latino Cultural Arts Center
2600 Live Oak Street - Dallas, Texas 75204


Full Day- Broken into two workshops for picture book writers

Featuring Authors Pat Miller and Penny Parker Klostermann

Nonfiction Matters: Ideas and Mentors and Research, Oh My! with Author Pat Miller

Pat Miller head shotIn this half-day workshop, Pat Miller will show you how to tackle the Big Three of writing nonfiction: getting and organizing your idea, researching, and writing with a mentor text. She will share her techniques for finding and expanding an idea kids will want to read about. Writing nonfiction is easier with a mentor text, and Pat will show you how to find the one that fits your project, and how it can help you write. Last, she will show you how research can be successful, even addictive!

If you think nonfiction is boring or overwhelming, Pat will change your mind and equip you with the tools you need to get started on your first—or next–nonfiction project.



Please bring:

– An electronic device (if applicable)

– Two nonfiction picture books that you like (copyright 2013 or later) for use in a workshop activity 

8:45 – 9:00       Registration

9:00 – 9:30       What is Nonfiction? Genres, Types, and Structures

9:30 – 9:45       Finding and Expanding Your Idea

9:45 – 10:15     Writing with Mentor Texts

10:15 – 10:30   Break

10:30 – 11:00   Which Mentor Text is Right for You?

11:00 – 12:00   Successful Research

12:00 – 1:00     Lunch (Books available for sale & signing during lunch)


Pat Miller is a former teacher and elementary librarian. She is the author of twenty professional titles for school librarians, 200+ professional articles, and six books for children, including Substitute Groundhog (a Junior Library Guild book), Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution, both from Albert Whitman; We’re Going on a Book Hunt, A Pet for Every Person, and B-FARM: Exploring Animal Groups, all from Upstart Books; and The Hole Story of the Doughnut (a Junior Library Guild book) from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She is a Master Gardener and writes best with her Jack Russell terrier, Hank, at her feet. Pat is the organizer of the NF 4 NF (Nonfiction for New Folks) Conference. The third one, with an outstanding faculty that includes Candace Fleming, will be in Rosenberg, TX in October. Find out more about her, her books, and her conference at

Cover of Hole Story(1)Substitute Groundhogsquirrel

Gettin’ On Your Goldilocks: From Not Quite to Just Right! with Author Penny Parker Klostermann

pennyIn today’s competitive market your picture book text has to be “Just Right” to catch an editor’s eye. Each and every word counts. Whether your manuscript is in rhyme or in prose, the words you choose can be the difference between “Not Quite” and “Just Right”—a rejection or a contract.  

In this workshop, Penny will give pointers for using poetic techniques to create vivid imagery and lyrical language, while being aware of the important balance between story and language. Through examples and exercises, she will show how the use of simile, metaphor, personification, repetition, alliteration, and rhythm can create stories that have that re-readability factor that all writers strive for.




Please bring:

– The first 500 words of your current work in progress (if applicable) 


1:00-1:20 Poetic Techniques in Rhyming and Prose Picture Books: Case Studies


1:20-2:30 Poetic Techniques: Tools to Create That Re-Readability Factor


2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:45 Applying Poetic Techniques in a Rhyming or Prose Manuscript


3:45-4:00 Q & A


Penny Parker Klostermann is the author of There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2015) and the upcoming, A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale, (Random House, 2017). There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight is one of fifteen books selected for the 2015-2016 Sunshine State Young Readers Award Jr. List. It was named Best of Rhyme 2015 in conjunction with the Rhyming Picture Book Revolution.

Penny loves all kinds of books, but especially loves very silly picture books that make her laugh. She has been known to hug her favorite picture books and seriously hopes that someday her books will gain huggable status too.


Full day (including lunch):

Lunch: Choice of boxed deli lunch and iced tea will be provided for Full Day attendees

Member:  $80

Guest:      $105


Morning or Afternoon Session Only:

Member:  $40

Guest:      $65

Jackie Kruzie will contact you in regard to your lunch choices a few weeks prior to the event.