Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

North Florida Area

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020

12:30 – 2 pm

(Bring a sack lunch if you like!)

Pablo Creek Regional Library, Community Room A

13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville 32246

RSVP to Free Meeting Coordinator Eileen Meyer,

(Though walk-ins are welcome, an RSVP allows us to have handouts and seats ready for you!)


Sound, Shape & Sense with Shutta Crum

Through the study of literary techniques and mentor texts attendees will understand how to sculpt picture books, poems and novels into elegant objects of art through the creation of soundscapes and landscapes. Sound will be explored in terms of how it enhances voice and creates music with your words. Shape will be looked at in terms of how a word graces the space it occupies. Sense will be studied in the way precision of meaning can deepen historical and cultural inflection in your work. And the program will cover the way compression and simplicity can create greater depth and breadth. Extensive handouts will be provided.


Shutta Crum, the author of 16 books (board books, picture books, novels), will review and discuss techniques that can be used in any genre or format (verse or prose) to make your words YAWP, bedazzle and glissade. This workshop covers the work our words do to create music, reveal connections, and spark response in our readers. “Have you ever heard a blindfolded octopus unwrap a cellophane-covered bathtub?” (Norton Juster) If not, you need to attend this workshop!


To be put on a mailing list for information about future meetings, contact Eileen Meyer