From Seed to Story: Writing Picture Books
Who: Lisa Shanahan
When: Saturday 3 June, 10am–4pm
Cost: Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
So where do fantastic ideas for picture books come from? And what really makes a picture book work? Join award-winning writer Lisa Shanahan in this one-day course for beginning writers and learn what it takes to create a picture book from first seed to final story. Together the class will study the essential elements of the picture book form; including creating convincing characters, voice, structure, sound, pace, emotional resonance and the importance of encouraging a creative marriage between text and illustrations. Through practical exercises, students will explore fresh ways of harvesting original ideas from memory and observation as inspiration for their own work, as well as discovering the significance of playful, poetic line-by-line writing. An overview of the children’s book publishing industry will also be given; including issues regarding submission, layout of manuscripts, finding publishers and agents.
Bring your favourite picture book.
About the tutor
Lisa Shanahan is an internationally published writer of picture books and fiction for young people. Some of her well-loved picture books include Gordon’s Got a Snookie, illustrated by Wayne Harris and My Mum Tarzan, illustrated by Bettina Guthridge. Her books Bear and Chook and Daddy’s Having a Horse, illustrated by Emma Quay, were both shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year for Early Childhood. Their sequel together Bear and Chook by the Sea won the CBCA Book of the Year for Early Childhood in 2010. Her book Big Pet Day, illustrated by Gus Gordon, about a rather clever, large imaginary pet dragon, won the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award for 5-8 year olds in 2015. Her most recent picture book is The Whole Caboodle, illustrated by Leila Rudge, published by Scholastic.