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Drawing From Your Own Well:

Creating Picture Books From the Heart

Featuring Danielle Joseph

Saturday, October 16, 2021

In this workshop, Danielle will talk about generating ideas, developing concepts and amping up your story in order to write picture books that pop! This workshop is designed for anyone from beginner to advanced looking to tap into their own resources in order to create picture books that matter. The workshop is focused on writing picture books, but the methods discussed can also be used for middle grade and young adult authors, so all are welcome! We will discuss everything from fiction to nonfiction to biographies. There will be time within the workshop for idea generation, discussion and reflection and of course participant questions!


Danielle Joseph is the author of the 2021 CBC Notable Social Studies picture book, I Want to Ride the Tap Tap (Macmillan, 2020) and the young adult novels Shrinking Violet, Indigo Blues, and Pure Red. Shrinking Violet was adapted into the 2012 Disney Channel movie, Radio Rebel starring Debby Ryan. Danielle’s forthcoming middle-grade novel, Sydney A. Frankel’s Summer Mix-Up hits shelves November 1, 2021 (Lerner). Danielle has a BFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Marketing Communications and Advertising, both from Emerson College in Boston, Mass. She is a former middle school creative writing teacher and has been teaching writing workshops for over twelve years. Danielle was born in Cape Town, South Africa and currently lives in Maryland with her husband and three children.






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Emotional Storytelling

Featuring Lorin Oberweger

Saturday, November 13, 2021

More than any other way to experience art, reading is a deeply empathetic experience. We read to FEEL, to experience an emotional journey on the part of a character who is able to right wrongs with which we also struggle or, at least, to which we can also relate. In this hands-on webinar, Lorin will take you through techniques to help you create a rich emotional experience for your reader. We’ll explore ways to anchor your story in a strong, keenly felt premise; craft an immersive viewpoint; bring real personality to your narrative voice; stir reader emotions with simple descriptive details; create an emotionally powerful query, and much more.

LORIN OBERWEGER is a highly sought-after independent book editor, ghostwriter, and award-winning author with more than twenty-five years of experience in publishing. In addition to the workshops produced by her company, Free Expressions, Lorin is a popular instructor at writing conferences around the country (and online). She also has eight traditionally published books (five fiction, three nonfiction), including BOOMERANG, REBOUND, and BOUNCE. Her work has received glowing reviews from the New York Times, USA Today, Kirkus Reviews, and others. Most recently, she co-authored THANK YOU FOR COMING TO MY TED TALK with Chris Anderson, director of the renowned TED organization.


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Holiday Roundtables

Saturday, December 11, 2021



Click here to see the replay

(Available until October 4th)

Moderated by Fred Koehler

Featured illustrators:

Chris Hsu
Instagram: @chrisillustration

Jenin Mohammed
Twitter: @JeninMoham
Instagram: @knotwritenow

Gladys Jose
Twitter:  @gladysjosedraws
Instagram: @gladysjoseillustrates

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