Crafting a Strong Beginning
Crafting a Strong Beginning
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Keep Readers Turning Pages with Better Beginnings!

ABOUT THIS MINI-CLASS

In this mini-class, you'll learn how to craft the best beginning for your picture book. Marcie Colleen will share the four essential elements that every beginner should have, a step-by-step exercise to help you connect with your characters, and examples from picture books with great beginnings. Each of the three lessons has an assignment to help you get the most out of what you're learning, and we've included two handouts for easy reference.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Lesson 1: A Well-Crafted Picture Book Beginning

  • Does your picture book beginning include Marcie's four essential elements?

Lesson 2: It All Comes Down to Character

  • If you want "heart" in your story, get to know your character.

Lesson 3: A Beginning Is a Promise

  • Your beginning can be a road map. Are you making promises about your story that you keep later on?

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Marcie Colleen's books are The Super Happy Party Bears chapter book series (Macmillan), Love, Triangle illustrated by Bob Shea (HarperCollins), and Penguinaut!, illustrated by Emma Yarlett (Scholastic). She is a frequent presenter at conferences for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as a faculty member for The Writing Barn, San Diego Writer's Ink, and the University of California San Diego Extension. Her educational work in children’s literature has been recognized by School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and the Children’s Book Council.