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Please join us for our next free monthly virtual meeting

Saturday, May 22, 2021

2:00-3:30 PM

Rob Sanders


All forms of repetition—the rule of three, golden threads, throughlines, and so on—exist for a greater purpose. They can help drive home a point, link ideas, weave a story together, and create an emotional impact for readers. In this workshop we’ll review some common ways to use repetition and then dive into a discussion of throughlines. Whether used in fiction or nonfiction, throughlines can communicate theme, add to character development, create a mood, and much more. You’ll learn about the power of throughlines, see them in action in mentor texts, and explore the possibility of throughlines in your own writing. Along the way you may discover that a throughline can communicate the very heart of your writing. Please have a drafted picture book, the first chapter of your novel, or another work in progress handy to use in writing activities during the session.
Rob Sanders is a teacher who writes and a writer who teaches. He is known for his funny and fierce fiction and nonfiction picture books and is recognized as one of the pioneers in the arena of LGBTQ+ literary nonfiction picture books.
This year Rob will release TWO GROOMS ON A CAKE: THE STORY OF AMERICA’S FIRST GAY WEDDING (Little Bee Books) and STITCH BY STITCH: CLEVE JONES AND THE AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT (Magination Press). His 2020 releases included THE FIGHTING INFANTRYMAN: THE STORY OF ALBERT D. J. CASHIER, TRANSGENDER CIVIL WAR SOLIDER (Little Bee Books), MAYOR PETE: THE STORY OF PETE BUTTIGIEG (Henry Holt & Co.) and BLING BLAINE: THROW GLITTER, NOT SHADE (Sterling). Rob is co-regional advisor for SCBWI Florida and a frequent speaker, teacher, and critiquer.

A native of Springfield, Missouri, he has lived in Texas, Alabama, and Tennessee. After earning a B.S. in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Religious Education, Rob worked for fifteen years in children’s religious educational publishing as a writer, educational consultant, trainer, editor, editorial group manager, and product developer.

In 2006, Rob moved to Florida and began working as an elementary school teacher. Soon he was serving as a district writing trainer and resource teacher. But he spent most of his career teaching fourth graders about books and words and reading and writing. Rob took early retirement in December 2020 and now is writing full time.

He is represented by Rubin Pfeffer.
Facebook: RobSandersWrites
Twitter: RobSandersWrite
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This is our last free meeting before a summer hiatus. Stay tuned for information about other exciting upcoming events, including Critique-a-Palooza 2.1!

Shannon Hitchcock – Collaborating Across Cultures

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(available until May 17th, 2021) 

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