Spooky spaces... dangerous places… awe-inspiring locations. They’ve got something in common, and with a little insight, you can use that secret to make your stories and illustrations more gripping. Come to our Professional Series Meeting next Wednesday, December 16, when our featured speaker and amazing former Regional Adviser Joni Sensel will hand over a (slightly) magic secret to creating settings that will give your work extra oomph.
|Set the scene with Joni Sensel!|
Just a few of the books she’ll be using as examples include The Dark by Lemony Snicket, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, and The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein. If you already have these books at home, take another quick glance to see if you can spot what they have in common. (Which is pretty cool when you realize one is a fictional picture book, one is a novel, and one is nonfiction.) If not, several of these and other exemplary titles will be for sale that night by our pals at Secret Garden––so you can learn about that common magic and then pick up the books to see it in action yourself. (And grab some holiday gifts while you’re at it!)
Finally, a wee bit of advance prep will help you get the most of out the night, which is going to be partly discussion and partly a mini-workshop. So come with either a short list of your WIP’s most important settings or have those locations (and times) in mind.
Plus don’t forget it’s our annual cookie contest that night! Enter to win or just plan to enjoy your fellow creators’ labors! Cookies and magic — what more could you ask for this time of year?