Have you been cherishing an idea for a children's book? Is there an old story that needs a fresh retelling to bring out its relevance? We'll begin from a child's viewpoint of wonder, observation, and the pure poetry of meaning and move on to the importance of each word, of economy, voice, atmosphere, and rewrites, learning from each others' listening. You’ll make a simple dummy book to use as a tool to pace your story, envision illustrations, and help your readers feel the thrill of turning a page. I hope you'll take home not simply the start of a tangible book, but a tangible understanding of how stories grow into books.
Meet your Instructor
Diane Worfolk Allison
Diane graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, with an art/English core and honed her skills in many writing classes and workshops in Chicago and New York City. An illustrator, Montessori teacher, performer and story-teller as well as a writer, her work has been published by Little Brown, Harcourt Brace, Dutton, McGraw-Hill, The Christian Science Publishing Society and the Writings of Mary Baker Eddy (Big with Blessings and others). She’s written poems and a series of essays on art for children for The Christian Science Monitor, and biographies of artists for Raw Vision magazine. She's performed her one-woman, one-act, one-puppet play MIRIAM, at the New York City Fringe Festival and in cities across the country. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son, and is an avid proponent of the power of Christian Science Reading Rooms. Despite wishing it was updated, http://www.dianewallison.com/