Big red dogs. A mouse saying good night to the room and the moon. Twelve little girls in two straight lines. The best children’s picture books evoke a sense of play and wonder, surprise and delight. They ask the tough questions (who wet Bear’s pants?) and provide the it’ll-all-be-okay reassurance second only to a loved one’s hug. And despite what many may think, they are notoriously hard to write.
In this class, we’ll explore modern picture books—the voices, the subtle tensions, the illustrative play, and most importantly, the readability. We’ll explore the fine line between the didactic and the dramatic. And we’ll go over common publishing questions — Do I need to illustrate my own book or hire an illustrator? How do you format a submission? Should I self-publish?
Come on over—It’s time for story time!
Lisa Bubert is a writer based in Nashville, Tennessee and a staff member at The Porch. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Rumpus, Puerto del Sol, Washington Square Review, Carolina Quarterly, Natural Bridge and more. She has been nominated for a Pushcart and for Best Small Fictions 2020. She is also a children's librarian with over a decade of experience bringing picturebooks to life through story time.
Lisa Bubert's "The Business of Writing" was perhaps one of the most informative writing classes I've had. Beyond the business aspect, her knowledge of literature and writing technique is impressive.
I really appreciate Lisa's willingness to share of knowledge & experience. I left her workshop with a wealth of information & resources.
Five Stars! She is an incredible teacher.