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June 2019

“So, You Want to Write a Children’s Book?” Tips from 6 Debut Children’s Book Creators + 1 Future Children’s Book Creator led by Esther Hershenhorn

June 8 from 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Harold Washington Library Center: Reception Hall, 400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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In this panel facilitated by children’s book author, teacher and writing coach Esther Hershenhorn, six debut children’s book creators – picture book author Sarah Glenn Fortson, picture book illustrator Darcy Zoells, picture book author-illustrator Alex Willan, middle grade novelists Malayna Evans, and Shirin Shamsi, and nonfiction chapter book writer Catherine Ann Velasco, as well as future debut children’s book creator Urania Smith, ground you in the Children’s Book World and shorten your writer’s journey to publication.   Esther Hershenhorn writes…

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“Write with the University of Chicago Writer’s Studio” featuring Susan Hubbard, Natalie Tilghman, Sandi Wisenberg and Gina DiPonio

June 8 from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Harold Washington Library Center: Reception Hall, 400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Experience the instruction and community of the University of Chicago Writer's Studio with this mini-lesson medley. Three Writer's Studio instructors will present short mini-lessons, giving participants a chance to find their own stories, deepen their creative work, and get words on the page. We'll start off with Sandi Wisenberg's lesson on Catching Memories. Next up, Natalie Tilghman will present Dreaming while Awake: An Approach to Novel Writing. We'll top it off with Susan Hubbard's lesson, Your Character's Defining Trait. Come…

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Workshop: The Voices and Faces Project presents “Our Stories Are Our Power” led by Marline Johnson and Caity-Shea Violette

June 8 from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Harold Washington Library Center: Reception Hall, 400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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The Voices and Faces Project, an award-winning storytelling project, travels across North America and Africa to bring its immersive, two-day “Stories We Tell writing program to communities across the globe. At this year’s Lit Fest, they’ll debut “Our Stories Are Our Power,” a one-hour mini-workshop geared toward youth (ages 13 - 25) who want to use their personal stories to create political change. Poets, fiction writers, spoken word artists, aspiring playwrights and any youth with a powerful story to tell…

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Workshop: “Everything You Need to Know About Story Structure You can Learn from Where the Wild Things Are.” led by Janet Burroway

June 9 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Harold Washington Library Center: Reception Hall, 400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Everything you need to know about story structure you can learn from Where The Wild Things Are. On the surface this seems like a fairly simple children’s picture book, but Maurice Sendak is a sophisticated storyteller and you can take ten fundamental lessons from the way he structures his story. Janet Burroway, author of the best-selling Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, will talk about these lessons and will share some of her own. Fiction writers of all ages…

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