Classes and Challenges to Change Your Craft
10 Ideas for Becoming a Better Writer
By Leslie Colin Tribble
As writers, we constantly desire to improve our craft. You could shell out the big bucks to get a writing degree. But why do that when you could take one of the classes, workshops and challenges below?
Some of these are free, others aren’t. Keep in mind this isn’t an exhaustive list. Have a class you though was invaluable? Give it a shout out in the comments.
This list isn't meant to be all inclusive. These are classes or workshops which GROG members have experienced or heard good things about. Here's an additional list I found on KidLit 411.
KidLit College - Agent Jodelle Sadler has put together a wealth of workshops and webinars for all writers. Check out this site for all the goodies, such as How to Write and Sell a Picture Book, Pacing Picture Books to Wow, Candace Flemming's 5 Secrets of Writing Narrative Nonfiction, and more.
Writing in Rhyme Class - This four week class created by Angie Karcher teaches writers the ins and outs of that ever so tricky genre, rhyming picture books.
Art of Arc - This new class developed by author Alayne Kay Christian serves to teach writers about story and character arc. A self-paced, independent study in 10 lessons, Art to Arc seeks to improve your storytelling using the classic story arc concept.
KidLit Summer School - Authors Kami Kinard and Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen at Nerdy Chicks Write, love teaching writing courses and participants benefit from their knowledge and experience. This is a great class to keep sharp on your skills during the summer doldrums.
ReFoReMo - Carrie Charlie Brown's Reading For Research Month challenge happens in March. This class teaches writers how to read and research picture books to improve your craft. Registration opens in February.
Summer Sparks - Tracey Cox wants you to create 14 picture book sparks in 14 days in summer. Do you hit your writing hard at the first of the year and find yourself fizzling come May? Here's a chance to re-ignite the fire.
PiBoIdMo - Tara Lazar gives writers a great way to start their new year - Picture Book Idea Month in November. PiBoIdMo is a challenge to "create 30 picture book concepts in 30 days.
RhyPiBoMo - Here's another 30 day challenge, Rhyming Picture Book Month in April. Angie Karcher wants to propel you from prose to poetry.
Picture Book University - Pam Calvert offers this free, mini-workshop to anyone wishing to learn the basics of creating picture books. This course is self-paced, which is great in case you've already signed up for everything else.