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.