Are you ready to access your own authentic voice and style? To write the story that’s yours to tell? Whether you want to delve deep into learning and developing your skills, or just have time for a weekend workshop, you’re in trustworthy hands with award-winning, New York Times Best-Selling author Linda Lowery, who brings her many years of professionalism, knowledge and insight to all her programs. Take advantage of the unique opportunity to expand your skills and work toward achieving your goals and dreams with one of Asheville’s most established and engaging authors.
Sign up for Linda’s scheduled programs directly with Purple Crayon or UNCA. Don’t wait until the last minute, as these workshops fill up quickly.
For personalized tutoring on your creative writing projects, contact Linda directly.
Creating Children’s Picture Books Weekend
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Saturday 1/20); 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Sunday1/21)
Thinking of writing or illustrating a book for kids? Whether it’s for the children in your family, or for publication, award-winning writer Linda Lowery will walk you through the basics of what makes a terrific picture book. Since the writing always comes first (yep, even for Maurice Sendak!), in this workshop, you’ll focus on how to:
- Discover fresh story ideas
- Find your natural, authentic voice
- Play around with rhythm and rhyme
- Work within industry-standard format, page count, word count
- Give the illustrator creative freedom (even if you yourself are the artist)
- Allow the art to compliment and contrast with text
- Create a 32-page draft dummy (storyboard)
By the end of class, you’ll have a draft outline for a book of your own and a clear overview of how to proceed on your project.
Writing For Children & Young Readers
10 Week Workshop Begins February 21
Location: Hanger Hall School for Girls, 64 WT Weaver Boulevard, Asheville
Wednesdays 2pm – 4:30pm
Description: In an encouraging workshop environment, beginning-to-experienced writers explore fiction and creative non-fiction for ages 2 to 12, including picture books, easy readers, chapter books, and middle grade novels. Through creative exercises and prompts, students focus on finding their natural, authentic voices as they experiment with various reading levels that best suit their stories.
Covered topics include: basic elements of character, setting, plot, theme, dialogue, and point of view; how words and art interact; industry-standard format, practical insights into publishing options; and perhaps most importantly, how not to preach or “dumb down” the story for this very bright and intuitive audience.
By the end of the course, students will have the bones of the book they’ve chosen as their focus and an action plan to proceed on their project for young readers.