January 12, 2018
Melissa Manlove, Shutta Crum, Sylvie Frank
9:00-9:15 a.m. Introductions
9:15-10:00 a.m. Melissa Manlove
The Mechanic: Looking at picture books as craftspeople, in order to understand how they
work, when they don’t, and how to fix anything.
10:00-10:45 a.m. Shutta Crum & Sylvie Frank
From “Slight” to Sublime: What to add to your manuscript without adding length.
10:45-11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m.-noon First Page Critiques* (Manlove, Crum, & Frank)
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00-1:45 p.m. Shutta Crum
Moodscapes & Soundscapes: Elements of Elegance.
1:45-2:30 p.m. Melissa Manlove
The Poet: Looking at picture books as artists, with a focus on the many magics of voice.
2:30-2:45 p.m. Break
2:45-3:30 p.m. Sylvie Frank
From Pigeon to Eloise: Creating Unforgettable Picture Book Characters.
3:30-4:00 p.m. Q&A
HOMEWORK: Attendees should bring a WIP & writing equipment for a couple of exercises.
* Please bring the first page of your picture book (without your name on it) if you'd like it critiqued in front of the group.