One-day Picture Book Writing Workshop!

51ZARDXBHJL._SY453_BO1,204,203,200_Do you love picture books? Have you ever wanted to write one? Are you curious how to go about it? Welcome to my one-day picture book writing workshop!

In this intensive, fun class, we’ll deconstruct some classic picture books, talk about ideas for new ones, and go through all the nuts and bolts, such as how long can a picture book be? What’s the relationship between writer and artist? How do you write a picture book that children will love and adults won’t mind reading ten thousand times in a row? We’ll come up with ideas, draft a basic outline for one or more picture books, read aloud some favorite passages, and provide instant feedback on anything you come up with.

Street cred: I’ve written many picture books, including several New York Times bestsellers. All told, they’ve been translated into more than 20 languages and won dozens of awards. They still bedevil me, fiendish little things that they are, but when they work –when one lifts off the ground and soars into the sky– it’s magical.  

Date and time: Saturday, May 6, 12-4 pm
Place: Uptown Community Room, 3554 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55408
Cost: $100, payable via Paypal or personal check. (10% of proceeds donated to Small Sums, a non-profit whose sole mission is to provide homeless individuals with the tools needed to accept the jobs they have been offered. Items include things like bus passes, work boots, trade tools and licensing fees.)

Class is limited to 15 participants. To reserve a spot, please email me at or click on this Paypal link

Two one-day workshops, March 23 and April 20

Greetings, writers!

Are you looking to kickstart a particular writing project, rejuvenate your writing, or simply experience a one-afternoon writing adventure?

I’m teaching two one-day workshops, “The Order in Which It’s Told” and “Tense and Point of View,” at the fabulous Loft in the fabulous Open Book building, March 23 and April 20.

These are brief-but-intense four-hour workshops, I love teaching them, and I’d love to see you there. Click here for info.