Friday, March 5, 2010

Our penultimate Professional Series Meeting of the year

Hard to believe, but it's true. Here's who's on deck for the meeting, which happens Tuesday, March 9:

Program 1: PLOTTING THE PICTURE BOOK, STEPPING INTO YOUR STORY with Clare H. Meeker. The best picture books combine strong, visual plots with simple, clear language that invites readers to participate in the story. Award-winning picture book author Clare H. Meeker will share her process in plotting fiction and narrative nonfiction picture books—moving from a strong visual idea to a three-problem approach to story structure, and tips on plot devices like the darkest moment—that will make your story fun to write and read.

Program 2: EMBELLISHING THE PICTURE-BOOK MANUSCRIPT: AN ILLUSTRATOR’S STORY with Karen Schmidt. Karen, who has been illustrating picture books for over 30 years, will describe how she created and interwove her own very personal story into the poetry of Jane Yolen’s HOPTOAD, while working closely with an editor, but independent of the author. She will detail her own creative process and share favorite “back stories” of other illustrators. Writers as well as illustrators will benefit from understanding the illustration side of the process of making picture books.

Our Professional Series Meetings take place at Seattle Pacific University - Demaray Hall, Room 150. Registration is at 6:45 p.m., and the program starts at 7 p.m.

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