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ONLINE: THE CRAFT OF WRITING SERIES: Picture Books with John Coy and Bao Phi

December 3, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Thursday, repeating until December 17, 2020


The Craft of Writing Series is a three-week program that takes place virtually the first through third Thursdays of each month. Each month focuses on a different genre or form of writing.

Thursday, December 3rd: Author Conversation

Join award-winning authors Bao Phi and John Coy for a conversation on the craft of writing the picture book.

Thursday, December 10th: A Different Journey: My Path to Picture Books

When asked to speak about my journey to my first picture book, I often feel pressured to fit it into an existing narrative: work hard, find an agent, grind it out until it gets done. But my path to it, as my path to poetry, was not typical. I will give a short presentation on how A Different Pond went from a rough poem to, inexplicably, a Charlotte Zolotow award winner for Outstanding Writing in a Picture Book, and open the rest of the time for a conversation with participants. The aim of this event is not to promote exceptionalism but rather suggest that sometimes you have to make a road that no one will make for you.

Thursday, December 17th: Write Your Story: Creating a Picture Book with John Coy

Picture book text can seem deceptively simple. In few words, writers convey a world. In this workshop, we’ll take a look at different picture book texts and the range of possible subjects. Then we’ll get a chance to write a draft of our own. If you’ve always wanted to write a picture book, or even if you have not, this is your chance.

The cost for this three-week program is $150.00. Write On members receive a 10% discount. To become a member, please click here.  To register online for this program, please click the button below.. For other registration options, please call 920.868.1457.


Please note: registration for this workshop closes December 2nd. To register after the 2nd, please call 920.868.1457. Registrants will receive the information to join by Zoom 2-3 days prior to the first session.


John Coy is the author of young adult novels, the 4 for 4 middle-grade series, and fiction and nonfiction picture books, including Dads, If We Were Gone, and My Mighty Journey. He has received numerous awards for his work including a Marion Vannett Ridgway Award for best debut picture book, a Charlotte Zolotow Honor, Bank Street College Best Book of the Year, Notable Book for a Global Society, the Burr/Warzalla Award for Distinguished Achievement in Children’s Literature and the the Kerlan Award in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children’s literature. John lives in Minneapolis and visits schools around the world.




Bao Phi is an award-winning poet and children’s book author. His stunning debut picture book with illustrator Thi Bui, A Different Pond, won a Caldecott Honor, a Charlotte Zolotow Award, and Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and Ezra Jack Keats Honor, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, and numerous other awards and accolades. The School Library Journal called his second picture book, My Footprints, “a timeless and important book that deals with the fallout of bullying and the power of a child’s imagination to overcome with the strength and support of a loving family.” Bao is a single co-parent father, an arts administrator, and a book nerd.


December 3, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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