The next session of my Advanced Picture Book Class, better known as PB2, starts in March and I am accepting a limited number of students. Perhaps you’ve been working on your picture book manuscript for a long time, and you’re wondering whether it’s ready to send it out. Or maybe you’ve written a picture book before and you’re getting ready to try a new project. In either case, you’ve got the basics down and you’re looking for some expert help and a community of readers to work with as you polish your material. Developed especially for graduates of my beginning picture book writing class with mediabistro, this class is open to aspiring picture book writers who are ready for a more advanced workshop structure.
This intensive 8-week online class will help you shape and hone your picture book manuscript through targeted readings, live online discussion, and expert critique. Submit full manuscripts or fragments of ideas -- we'll take whatever you have and work to make it stronger.
In this class, you will learn how to:
- Construct and fine-tune your plot
- Develop characters that will appeal to your readers
- Enliven your book's language so it's fun to read aloud
- Use page turns, pictures and pacing to your advantage
- Identify and eliminate common picture book weaknesses
- Refine a rough draft into a polished manuscript
- Develop your career as a picture book writer
"The perfect next step after PB1, this class offers the same thoughtful edits, close readings and guidance but with more freedom, allowing you to explore a single manuscript, multiple works, or just bits and pieces. It takes the pressure off while you focus on your work, but still provides handy deadlines to keep you moving. I can't say enough for Dashka's unique blend of honest critique, mentorship and overall support. A wonderful way to hone your craft and fall more in love with writing as a process." -- Kristen Giang
"Dashka is the most thoughtful and insightful teacher. She handled each member of the group with total sensitivity, gently guiding us, motivating us, encouraging us and helping us to unravel our characters and plot and find our individual voices as writers. This was a wonderful class. I really feel I have learned an enormous amount which I can apply to my storytelling, and I feel a new sense of confidence and hope as a writer. Thank you, Dashka!" -- Emily Bailey
"Dashka is a born teacher--encouraging, compassionate, incisive, and knowledgeable. If you're a newbie, she'll make you feel like a pro. If you're a pro, she'll surprise you with her insights and perspective." -- Mary Bolster
"Dashka Slater's kindness, generosity and creative talent totally exceeded my expectations for an online writing class. I was blown away by her attention to each student, her depth of knowledge and insight into our work. Her own creativity is a joy to witness and her dedication to her craft, an inspiration. I am blessed to have had the pleasure." -- Maureen Phillips
Nuts and Bolts:
- Class begins on March 17, 2015 and runs for 8 Tuesdays (no class on April 7), ending on May 12.
- Video Chats (via Google Hangout) are at 8 pm Eastern Time and run 1.5 hours.
- Cost: $499
To register, please contact me directly.