Meterology 101
Meterology 101
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Meterology 101

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Master METER in Rhyming Picture Books

ABOUT THIS MINI-CLASS

Of all the challenges that come with writing rhyme, mastering METER—the natural, consistent, rhythms of the phrases we use in our storytelling—is one of the toughest. For anyone at any level, meter takes a whole different skill set than just finding a pair of words that rhyme. It’s actually everything between those two rhyming words that can make or break a rhyming picture book text.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • We’ll start by identifying common meters used in some successful rhyming picture books. And we’ll explore ways for you to choose the right meter for your next poem or picture book project.
  • We’ll pinpoint some of the biggest issues with a meter that pops up in early drafts of rhyming manuscripts. And we’ll bust out some handy tools for repairing, reworking, and rewriting a faulty meter.
  • We’ll look at some fun ways to punch up your meter, and in doing so, we might even strengthen your character building and storytelling at the same time.

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Tim McCanna is the author of ten rhyming picture books, including Jack B. Ninja, So Many Sounds, and Bitty Bot. Tim served five years as Assistant Regional Advisor for The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators San Francisco/South chapter, and he created the Storytelling in Rhyme mini-class for Storyteller Academy. His rhyming picture book, In a Garden was named a 2021 Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year for 5 and under.

Visit Tim at timmccanna.com.