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Psst! Tammi’s Top Picture Book Writing Secrets – REVEALED – N. Texas Workshop by Tammi Sauer – WORKSHOP FULL

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Date(s) - 08/29/2015
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Addison Conference & Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road - Addison, Texas 75001



The workshop is full. Please email Carol Barreyre if you would like to be added to a waitlist.
There is no space for walk-up registrations on Saturday. Hope to see you at the September workshop if you have to miss this one.

In this productive, fun, full-day workshop, Tammi will unveil her favorite picture book writing secrets. Attendees will delve into the most important picture book components (character, conflict, word choice, etc.) through discussion, examples, and engaging exercises. They will come away with what to include in a picture book's beginning, middle and end as well as strategies for building the much-sought-after heart and humor into their manuscripts.

What's the Big Idea?

She will share her top techniques for developing irresistible picture book ideas that have the capability to catch editors' attention. This includes mining personal experiences, exploring a wide variety of structures (mirror, reversal, classic, etc.), using settings as a jumping point, and more! Attendees will use these strategies and leave this session with the start of at least one new manuscript.


Author/illustrator Janee Trasler will join us for the day. Tammi and Janee are part of a four-person critique group called the PBJeebies. Since forming in 2011, the Jeebies have, at last count, sold 35 books to a huge list of houses. Not only will Janee and Tammi share what makes their critique group work, Janee will offer her perspective on many topics Tammi will cover in her sessions.


8:45 a.m.       Doors open for registration

9-10               Writing PBs That Sell!

10-10:15        Show What You Know

10:15-10:30  Break

10:30-11        Ready. Set. Go Structure!

11-12             What's the Big Idea?

12-1:15          Lunch

1:15-2:15       The Rollicking Read Aloud

2:15-2:45       OOGA! Let's Talk Voice

2:45-3            Break

3-4                 The Nitty Gritty

4-4:30            Ask Us Anything!

4:30-5            Book Signing – Tammi (and Janee too) will have books available for sale. They accept cash or check.

About Tammi

TSauer books

Tammi is a former teacher and library media specialist. she has sold 23 picture books to major publishing houses – Bloomsbury, Disney-Hyperion, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Simon & Schuster, and Sterling. In addition to winning awards, her books have gone on to do great things. Both COWBOY CAMP and BAWK & ROLL have been developed into musicals. MOSTLY MONSTERLY was selected for the 2012 Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories program, and ME WANT PET! was recently released in French, which makes Tammi feel extra fancy. When Tammi isn't reading or writing, she is most likely eating out or checking her email.

Workshop Costs (including deli lunch):

    Member:  $80

    Guest:  $100


Deli-style lunch and drink will be provided.


The event will be in the Stone Cottage at the Addison Conference & Theatre Center.


Doors open and registration begins at 8:45 a.m. The workshop begins at 9 am and concludes at 4:30 p.m. with a chance to have Tammi sign her books from 4:30 – 5 pm. We'll break for lunch around noon.

Other Details

Email Carol Barreyre with any questions or to discuss dietary restrictions.

Please register by August 24, 2015. Your seat will be reserved when you complete your online registration and payment is received. We will accept registrations until the workshop is full. If you are paying by check – checks should be made out to SCBWI North Texas and mailed to P.O. Box 1875, Addison, TX  75001. Checks must arrive by August 24

Please note that SCBWI North Texas will not offer refunds for paid events, critiques, conferences or workshops.

Post-Workshop Dinner

Please join Tammi and othe workshop attendees for a Dutch-treat dinner, cocktails or a soda after the workshop. We will meet at Taqueria La Ventana (4180 Belt Line Road, SW of Midway), a new Addison fast-casual restaurant specializing in tacos, burritos, bowls and salads. It has a full bar except for wine and an interesting selection of Mexican sodas. The reservation is for 5:15. Hope you can join us.


This event is fully booked.