Instructors: Licia Morelli & Liza Gardner Walsh
Date & Time: Saturday, March 25 | 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Kittery Community Center
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $55 | Nonmember $110
Hidden amongst the words and images of the most moving and unforgettable children’s literature are traditional story arcs and patterns. This workshop, co-led by Licia Morelli—winner of the 2016 Maine Literary Award for Children’s Literature—and Liza Gardner Walsh—author of more than 15 books—will help writers explore ways to adjust the lens through which they view their lives, and begin mining the sometimes unseen but rich experiences that might inform their writing.
The workshop will include three sections: manuscript review, mining your life for story ideas, and how to sell your work.
In the manuscript review, participants’ manuscripts will be discussed and workshopped. To help attendees mine their lives for story ideas, the instructors will offer generative exercises and techniques recognize the stories that surround them that might be engaging children’s stories. And, finally, the workshop will include a brief discussion on how participants might sell their work by building authentic platforms and marketing.
+ SUBMIT After registering, participants are asked to submit in advance a picture book manuscript by no later than 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1. Please email manuscripts as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “MORELLI WALSH WORKSHOP MSS.” Word files are preferred, but you may also send a PDF.
Licia Morelli is the 2016 Maine Literary Award winner for her bestselling children’s book The Lemonade Hurricane: A Story of Mindfulness and Meditation. She’s the recipient of the Children’s Book Council honor and Gelett Burgess Honor for children’s literature. Licia is also a contributing essayist for The Huffington Post and elephant journal and is currently awaiting the release of her second children’s book in 2017. VISIT liciamorelli.com/homepage
Liza Gardner Walsh is the author of more than fifteen books, including Fairy House Handbook, Fairy Garden Handbook, Where Do Fairies Go When it Snows?, Treasure Hunter’s Handbook, and Muddy Booots: Outdoor Adventures for Children. She is a former children’s librarian, preschool teacher, high school English teacher, writing tutor, museum educator, and she holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College. Although her books are on a variety of different subjects, at their heart they are about wonder, appreciation, and exploration. VISIT facebook.com/FairyHouseHandbook/
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The MWPA is proud to offer one full scholarship to this workshop for members-only. Scholarships are awarded on a combination of need and merit. Application Due in the MWPA office on January 30 at 9:00 a.m.
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