Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Gainesville Area Events


Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018


Creating the Iconic Character

with Lorin Oberweger

10AM-Noon (we can go out to lunch afterward if you like!)


Saint Leo University Gainesville Center
4650-B NW 39th Pl
Gainesville, FL 32606
(Use elevator or stairs to go upstairs)


In this workshop, we’ll work on ways to make our protagonists iconic and deeply experienced by the reader—whether in novels or in picture books. Drawing from our own experiences–our passions, fears, and joys, we’ll add dimension to existing protagonists and work to create singular, dimensional voices for those characters. We’ll also talk about iconic figures from children’s literature and analyze what makes those characters, and their voices, linger in our minds and hearts long after we’ve turned the final page.

Please bring a couple of scenes from your novel or your entire picture book MS, some thoughts on your favorite, most indelible characters in children’s lit, and a laptop or writing implements of some kind to do some exploring on the page.

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