The Weekly 411 (7/13/18)

© Maral Sassouni

July 13, 2018 vol. 28

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Today we are excited to feature actor, screenwriter & author Derek Milman and his debut YA novel SCREAM ALL NIGHT (HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, July 24th, 2018). Be sure to enter to win a copy!

May TBA Exclusive Nonfiction Beach Retreat. Join authors Candace Fleming and Jen Swanson, five editors, and an editor at a beach retreat focusing on writing nonfiction for kids. More details to come.

Oct. 2018 Curtis Brown Creative, the creative writing course led by agency Curtis Brown is offering three new courses: two individual 6-week courses: Writing a Children's Picture Book which will help students turn ideas into fully-fledged story-book texts for 2-6 year-olds and Illustrating a Children's Picture Book  which shows students the tricks of the trade, how to leverage their creativity and develop technique. And a 10-week combined course Writing and Illustrating a Children's Picture Book which brings together all of the teaching materials from the two individual courses. The popular children's author-illustrators: SARAH MCINTYRE and DAVID O'CONNELL are leading the courses.

Sept. 17 2018 SCBWI Narrative Art Award

  • What: submit three illustrations from the same story illustrating dilemma/ conflict/ resolution with three different characters, depicting a narrative of misunderstood monsters
  • Who: SCBWI member illustrators, color for PB age or B&W for MG age
  • Prize: All expenses paid trip to NY SCBWI annual meeting

Plotters, Pantsers, and Picture Book Plot Structures

Children's Picture Books and Plot

Picture Book Standards

3 Awesome Plot Structures for Building Bestsellers

6 Golden Rules of Writing Middle-Grade

9 Factors That Make A Picture Book Successful



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