Friday, April 21, 2017
|4 to 6 pm||Children's Book Author-Palooza|
|6 to 7 pm||Book signing|
Saturday, April 22, 2017
|7:30 to 10:15am||Conference registration|
|7:30 to 7:45am||Credit-seeking student check-in and meeting with Stan Steiner|
|8 to 10:15am||The Secrets to Writing a Great Picture Book, an Intensive Workshop with Bonny Becker (PART 1)
Picture books are a delight to read and write, but they are a unique, demanding literary form. In this two-part workshop, beginning with a two hour morning session, you’ll learn how to create a great picture book including: coming up with ideas just right for picture books; insider tips on how to write a compelling picture book text; and how to work with illustrations in mind. In the one-hour afternoon session, you’ll get feedback on your stories and learn how to make sure your text is geared to the picture book market. Come to class with 3 possible picture book ideas. You can also bring a work-in-progress or work on a new story. There will be classroom time for analyzing your story ideas and for writing. For beginners and experienced writers.
He Said/She Said: How to Make Your Dialogue Feel Real with Michelle Witte
Making dialogue feel real and natural can be tricky, especially for newer writers. We’ll discuss the fundamentals of good dialogue and then show you how to do it in your own writing.
|10:30 to 11:30am||Breakout sessions
How to Blend Today's Technology into Mysteries for Young Readers with Gloria Skurzynski and Kristiana Gregory
Golden Kite winners Gloria Skurzynski (The Tempering) and Kristiana Gregory (Jenny of the Tetons) will talk about their respective mystery series for readers ages eight to twelve -- Gloria's with National Geographic, Kristiana's with Scholastic -- how they researched and plotted, and what they would have written differently using today's cool tech stuff. Since young readers today are way far ahead with technology, contemporary mysteries need to be as current as possible. Our audience is changing and with it the reader's mentality. Come join us. It'll be fun!
Now What? Making Your Concepts Concrete with author/illustrator Leslie Patricelli
You’ve got it! You’ve been struck by a Great Idea. But, now what? Learn how to bring your idea from your journal, sketchbook, or that storage closet in your brain, to a working book dummy, and finally a printed book. Leslie will demonstrate with a current picture book in progress, how the process works for me, and we will discuss how it can work for you.
Creative Writing with Elisabeth Sharp McKetta
Guided writing prompts to apply to any story, from a work in progress to a shiny new idea. Write, share, and be inspired!
|11:45am to 1pm||Keynote luncheon with Dr. Maggie Chase and Stan Steiner
Boxed lunch choice of a vegetarian greek salad wrap, a chicken cob sandwich, or rosemary chicken with gluten-free sides provided.
What Makes a Good Book? Musings from the Eyes of Two Youth Literature Professors
Along with your lunch, we'll be serving up some of our favorite books from 2016 and 2017. We'll also discuss perspectives on selecting good literature for sharing with kids, teachers and librarians. As you eat, we'll keep you entertained by addressing how bias may [or may not] play a role as a book reviewer and share stories from behind the scenes of serving on an ALA national book award committee. In between bites of food, and if there is time, you'll be able to ask questions, peruse new books, and perhaps take a new one home with you.
|1 to 1:30pm||Author and Illustrator Showcases
Conference Faculty Book Sales and Signing brought to you by the Boise State University Bookstore
|1:30 to 2:30pm||Keynote with Wendy McClure
What it Means to Dig Deeper
Digging deeper means more than just working harder. It's about finding a place for your creative life, understanding the value of your identity as an artist, and exploring the things that first inspired you.
|2:45 to 3:45pm||Breakout sessions
Literary Voice: What it Is and What it's Not with Tess Hilmo
Are you confused about the elusiveness of the term 'voice'? Have you scoured craft novels, seeking understanding, only to feel lost and overwhelmed at the slippery nature of that all-important-quality? Come gain a fresh perspective that will help you put the perplexity aside and amp up your novel. It doesn't have to be so hard! The answers you've been looking for are closer than you realize.
World Building: How to Bring Your Words to Life! with Alane Ferguson
Rhythm and Rhyme with Michelle Witte
A lot of agents and editors say they don’t like rhyming picture books, often for good reason. We’ll discuss those reasons, as well as show how to effectively use rhythm and rhyme so it is doesn’t make editors cringe like the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard. (Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration.)
|4:00 to 5:00pm||The Secrets to Writing a Great Picture Book, an Intensive Workshop with Bonny Becker (PART 2)
Continued from the morning session. Please do not attend if you did not participate in PART 1.
Revision: Find Your Editor Brain and Make It Work for You with Wendy McClure
When it's time to revise your novel, where do you start? Wendy will talk about how editors approach manuscripts during the publication process and show you how to apply those techniques to your own revisions.