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Crafting a Life: The Tools of a Picture Book Biographer

March 20, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Willamette Writers Coast Chapter Presents:

Barbara Herkert

HerkertOn Sunday March 20th  at 2:00 pm, local children’s book author Barbara Herkert will present a two-hour workshop titled Crafting a Life: The Tools of a Picture Book Biographer. This free workshop will be held at the Newport Public Library in the McEntee Room.

Herkert explains that many of the tools the picture book biographer uses are the same elements of drama and suspense that fiction writers use: creating a hook at the beginning, portraying a likeable and competent—but flawed—protagonist with powerful motivation, presenting mounting obstacles, and incorporating a sense of “the ticking clock.” In this session, we’ll look at examples of each of these tools of craft in picture book biographies, from both the past and the present. We’ll also discuss children’s literature and the market as a whole.  We’ll conclude with a simple writing exercise.

Barbara Herkert is the author of three books for children: Birds in Your Backyard, Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers’ Journey from Slave to Artist, and Mary Cassatt: Extraordinary Impressionist Painter. Barbara received a biology degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a masters degree in writing for children and young adults from Hamline University. She studied art and art history at Oregon State University, and she has taught art appreciation at local schools. She lives in Newport with her family and spends creative time in a log house in central Oregon.

This free workshop is possible because or the generosity of Sylvia Beach Hotel, Hallmark Hotel, Anchor Pier Lodge, Elizabeth Street Inn, and the Newport Public Library.

Willamette Writers is the largest writers’ organization in Oregon and one of the largest writers’ organizations in the United States. Willamette Writers’ goal is to provide and encourage a creative environment and support system for current and aspiring writers. Since its beginning in 1965, Willamette Writers has provided meeting places for the exchange of ideas and information and has initiated programs designed to help writers increase skills related to the craft of writing. Willamette Writers typically meets on the third Sunday of each month at 2:00.  Information is available at http://willamettewriters.com/coast/ and Willamette Writers Coast Chapter on FaceBook.


March 20, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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