If I didn’t live three hours away, I’d be at the Centre every week. I’d join one of their numerous writers’ groups and I would go to a lot more of their wonderful workshops. As it is, I try to attend two workshops each year, plus the annual Festival of Children’s Literature.
Some of these include;
.....• What is it that sets your character apart from other picture book characters?
.....• Why did you explain what the story is about?
.....• Is the orientation too long and complicated?
.....• Is there enough dramatic tension in the middle? (Rule of three)
These questions are just as valid for chapter books and novels.
Libby also left us with some interesting quotes.
.....• “Try and find that perfect – beautiful image.”
.....• “If you are going to do a rhyming text, it MUST be VERY, VERY good.”
.....• “If it doesn’t ADD, it SUBTRACTS.” (My personal favourite).
The best thing I took away from the day was the realisation that I’m actually on the right track with my picture book texts. And I’m confident that with persistence and a little luck, I am going to crack this publishing thing.
What a lovely setting for a workshop.