Learn how to create meaningful stories free of didactic messages when writing for children, teens and adults with the author of “Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters.” Most of us get interested in writing because we have something to say. Many of us, at least in part, also write because we want to pass on our expertise or (let’s be honest here) our values and morals. Yet agents, editors, reviewers, and critiquers all tell us that books, especially those written for children, should not have lessons! How can we create meaningful, impactful stories that don’t bore our readers (or editors) to tears with a didactic message? Using exercises and discussion, author Laurie Ann Thompson will help you identify how you can make successful books while sharing your own most powerful lessons.
This class is open and applicable to writers of all ages, all genres, and is not limited to children's book writers. Ideal for both fiction and nonfiction writers.
Laurie Ann Thompson writes for children and young adults. She is the author of “Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah,” a finalist for the Washington State Book Award for Picture Books and winner of the ALA Schneider Family Award; “Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters,” the winner of the 2015 Book of the Year Award from the Coalition of Visionary Resources; “My Dog Is the Best,” a picture book awarded a 2015 Blue Ribbon from The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books; and the newly released “Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive!, ” first in a new nonfiction series and a Junior Library Guild selection.
Class Notes Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required for this writing class, but seating is limited.
Seating will be on a first come, first seated basis. Doors to the meeting room will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the class. We’ll try our best to make room for all interested writers, but students may be turned away if the room is filled to capacity. Due to the fire code, we cannot exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
Please bring a pen/pencil and paper or fully-charged laptop to each class and be prepared to write.