Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Workin' It at the Eric Carle Museum
Yesterday I had the great pleasure of participating in SCBWI-NE's Picturebook Revision Workshop at the Eric Carle Museum, lead by Harold Underdown and Eileen Robinson.
It was EXACTLY what I needed to breakdown some issues I was having with a manuscript and reimagine different ways to solve the problems.
Harold and Eileen walked us through many different strategies to get us to see inconsistencies in character choices, places with no action, redundancies, repetitive word choices, etec. and thought us new ways to switch up POV's, anaylize characters, and add layers to the stories we have.
It was a long day. A tiring day. But I did get to sneek out and do a wee bit of paper craft in the art studio!
The project theme was "paper sculpture" so I made a sassy lady with a feathered cap. I was the only on in there! (I think I might have been the only illustrator in the group. Maybe.) But I was having a serious input/output balance problem and NEEDED some creative output. Ahhhhh.
I met a ton of great people and got a ton of good information and tools. Harold and Eileen referred to several great books on craft, so if you couldn't make it, check out these titles:
Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul
Second Sight by Cheryl B. Klein
Writing It Right! by Sandy Asher
Also both Harold and Eileen offer websites with tons of information and editorial services. You can find Harold at THE PURPLE CRAYON website and Eileen at F1RST PAGES.
THANKS SO MUCH to SCBWI for offering this fabulous workshop at such a generous price.
THANKS to the ERIC CARLE MUSEUM, a lovely place to spend the day.
THANKS to HAROLD and EILEEN for sharinf their wealth of information.
And THANKS to CAROL MUNRO for organizing the whole thing.
Selfie at the Eric Carle:
Thanks for stopping in!