2019 Conference – Childrens and Middle Grade Track Workshops

Workshop Session #1
Crafting Point of View: From Eyewitness to Heart-Witness

Come explore the power of point of view, from the basics to the more complex ideas of psychic distance and interiority. See how POV affects characterization, voice, “show don’t tell,” and most importantly, the reader. Bring a work in progress, idea, or use a prompt.

2019 Presenter - Beth Anderson

BIO: Beth Anderson is the author of An Inconvenient Alphabet (S&S 2018) and four more upcoming titles from Calkins Creek. A former educator who has trained teachers and written curriculum, she is drawn to stories that open minds, touch hearts, and inspire questions.

Workshop Session #2
11 Magical Tips to Make your Writing Come Alive

Eleven tips I’ve gleaned over the years help add sparkle to your writing—from first lines to objective correlative and everything in between (building blocks to emotion, flaws, internal lies, stakes, and more!) Come prepared to write!

Workshop Session #3
Five Steps to Crafting a Compelling Proposal

In this session, attendees will learn how to bring their ideas to fruition by crafting a five-part proposal. Not only will we discuss ways to curate language to add color and texture to a story, but we’ll also identify ideas for theme so attendees can create a “heartbeat” in their story. Come with a story idea (fiction or nonfiction) and be prepared to write!

2019 Presenter - Kim Tomsic

BIO: Kim Tomsic believes in miracles, magic, and books! Beyond writing, she is also a yoga teacher, a pet wrangler, and the Co-Regional advisor of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).