Instructor: Hannah Barnaby
$80 Members | $87 Nonmembers
Saturday, 6/2/18 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
What makes picture books so magical? The alchemy of text and art creates a unique medium for a story, turning it into something more than just the combination of works and pictures. It might seem like a mystery, but writing picture books is far from impossible — it just takes a special set of skills and a peek behind the curtain. Hannah Barnaby — a former children’s book editor and current author of picture books and novels — can show you how to get from idea to manuscript to book. This full-day workshop will cover the nuts and bolts of picture books from all the angles: crafting texts, leaving room for the illustrator, working with agents and editors, the basics of publicity and marketing, and ways to maximize the life of your book. Whether you’ve got a work in progress, or you’ve always wanted to write picture books but didn’t know where to start, Picture Book Boot Camp is the launchpad you need.
About the instructor: Hannah Barnaby worked as a children’s book editor, independent bookseller, and book reviewer before becoming the first children’s writer-in-residence at the Boston Public Library. Her first young adult novel, Wonder Show, was a William C. Morris Award Finalist and her second, Some of the Parts, received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. She made her double picture book debut in 2017 with Bad Guy (S&S), illustrated by Mike Yamada, and Garcia & Colette Go Exploring (Putnam), illustrated by Andrew Joyner. Hannah has an MA in Children’s Literature from Simmons College and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. She lives in Charlottesville.