For our writers of picture books:
Carolyn Crimi received her MFA from Vermont College in 2000. She is the author of thirteen picture books, including Don’t Need Friends (Random House), Boris and Bella (Harcourt), Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies (Candlewick) and Where’s My Mummy? (Candlewick). Carolyn has taught Writing for Children at Spalding University, Harper College and Columbia College. While she may not be the best cook, she does enjoy eating chocolate cake.
“Baking Chocolate Cake: All the ingredients You Need to Make Your Picture Book Delicious”—Carolyn Crimi
Picture books should be as enjoyable and as memorable as that perfect slice of chocolate cake. So why does yours taste more like broccoli? Carolyn Crimi will help you learn to mix, sift, and blend your picture book batter until it’s the perfect consistency. No cooking experience necessary!
And for our YA and MG writers:
Joyce McDonald is the author of several critically acclaimed middle-grade and young adult novels, most notably Swallowing Stones (Delacorte), an American Library Association Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults and Booklist’s 100 Best of the Best 1966 – 2003, and Shades of Simon Gray, (Delacorte) an ALA Best Book and Edgar Allen Poe Award Nominee. Her most recent novel is Devil on My Heels. She teaches in Spalding University’s brief-residency MFA in Writing Program. www.joycemcdonald.net.
“The Transformative Power of Fiction: How Real-life Stories Inform and Shape Our Own”—Joyce McDonald
When our inspiration comes from the news media, the reason we are drawn to these real-life stories isn’t always evident at first. Sometimes these stories haunt us until we finally confront them through narrative. We write to understand, and in the act of writing, we often arrive at unexpected places and surprising truths. In this session, I will talk about the tragic facts that informed my novels, Swallowing Stones and Shades of Simon Gray, and how I transformed them into fiction.