Writing Picture Books

Picture books marry text and art. Meant to be read aloud, they require tight writing to communicate a story. We'll study recently published mentor texts and familiarize you with the elements of successful picture books (both fiction and nonfiction) in the current marketplace to launch you into crafting your own stories!
Students will be reading picture books inside as well as outside of class, so having a local library card will be helpful. Also, students will draft a picture book manuscript and receive feedback from the instructor by the end of the course.

This 4 week workshop will be on Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on April 19th, April 26th, May 3rd, and May 10th.

Speaker: Traci Sorell

Speaker Bio: Traci Sorell writes fiction and nonfiction for young people. Her picture books titles include: We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga (which is a Sibert, Orbis Pictus, Boston Globe-Horn Book and American Indian Youth Literature Award (AIYLA) honor book); At the Mountain's Base (AIYLA Honor book), Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer; We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know, and Powwow Day. She co-wrote the historical fiction novel Indian No More which won the AIYLA Middle Grade category and was the 2020 Global Read Aloud selection for upper elementary. Traci is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives on her tribe's reservation in northeastern Oklahoma. She also serves as a 2021-22 Tulsa Artist Fellow.

Registration will close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15th.