Six of One: Salient Topics When Editing Picture Books
There’s more than meets the eye in a picture book, and we editors need to keep track of it all! This talk will poke and prod at six salient parts of successful picture books: beginnings/endings, pacing, plot, character, language, and art. Sound like a lot? It is! Sound a little bit boring? It’s definitely not! Come with an open mind and leave with a bunch to think about.
Karen Boss is an editor at Charlesbridge where she works on fiction and nonfiction picture books, middle-grade nonfiction, and novels. She holds an MA in children’s literature from Simmons College and regularly acts as a mentor for their Writing for Children MFA program. She often teaches workshops and short-term courses about picture books. Karen also has an MA in higher education administration and worked at colleges and in the nonprofit sector for 15 years. Her current favorite picture book is We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins. In her free time, Karen saves her pennies so she can travel to a new country each year (recent trips include Chile and Portugal), and she often plans “Auntie Karen adventures” for her four nieces (Sonia, 11; Sage, 8; Olive, 4; and Morgan, 18 mos).
When: Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 pm.