This is the sixth post in a series of 12 ways to help authors (and your writing) by reading.
This is a fun one.
Who doesn’t love learning?
This is a great way to work on your writing and support your favorite authors.
You can learn when you:
- enroll in a workshop
- read a craft book
- listen at the library
In the last year, I’ve been able to do all three and have improved my writing with these opportunities. Many authors share their writing techniques in workshops at conferences or via online classes. If you admire an author consider taking a class from him or her. Last year, I took the Making Picture Book Magic Class with author Susanna Leonard Hill. To date, this was the best class I’ve taken online. I refer to the material often.
Several years ago, I attended a retreat taught by author Linda Ashman. She released a craft book last year The Nuts and Bolts Guid to Writing Picture Books. I scooped up this book, because I love Linda’s books and loved her workshop. I wasn’t disappointed when I read the book. It helped me during my work on ReviMo in January.
Well, it wasn’t a library, but I attended a reading and signing with author and illustrator Peter Brown. It was fun to see him draw the tiger from Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and to see an author presentation to a room filled with children and adults (and my wandering toddler).
These are easy ways to learn from your favorite authors. What’s your favorite way to learn from authors (including reading their books)?
Reading: I finished Lines of Defense Poems by Stephen Dunn. It took longer to read the less than 100-page book of poetry than I expected, as I read, reflected, and re-read poems in the book. Hmm. I’m not sure what I’ll pick up next.
If you missed any of the Reader University posts,
- I share why I’m doing Reader Universtiy here.
- My first post Reader University: Try
- My second post Reader University: Read
- My third post Reader University: Name
- My fourth post Reader University: Review
- My fifth post Reader University: Follow
Iza Trapani says
Great advice here and in your other University Reader posts (which I just perused, Stacy.) I did all this on my journey to publication- and I still do. We never stop learning!
Thanks Iza. I hope we never stop learning!
Erik - This Kid Reviews Books says
This one is my favorite! 😀
Mine too Erik!
Catherine Johnson says
I haven’t taken any other course but I can imagine Susanna’s is the best. I fancy getting Linda Ashman’s book when I’m back in the picture book zone. Cheers Stacy!
I am partial to Susanna’s! Linda’s book is really great. I’m enjoying all your work outside of the picture book zone Catherine!
Sue Wang says
Wonderful reminder for us to learn, and learn in a plan-ful, mindful way. I love to learn. Thank you, Stacy!!
Sue, I like that plan-ful!
Coleen Patrick says
I’m taking an ecourse now taught by author, Brene Brown, based on her book The Gifts of Imperfection. Some of the assignments involve creativity and getting crafty which makes it one of the more unique classes I’ve taken. 🙂
Coleen , Anything with imperfection in the title sounds perfect.
Penny Parker Klostermann says
I am just finishing Susanna’s Making Picture Book Magic for the second time. It has proved valuable to retake it. I started with a new idea and got the first draft written. Although I think this story will come to be someday, I had really been wanting to shape up a story that I wrote back in 2011. It had been through many!!! revisions but I felt applying the MPBM lessons to my story would help. So I started over and went through the first 19 lessons again, applying them to my story. I’m really happy with the changes. It still needs some revision, but is in much better shape.
Linda’s book, The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Book. was just wonderful!
And reading picture books is HUGE for me…HUGE. Whether I love them or not, I can learn as I analyze my reaction.
Great post, Stacy.
(I’m catching up on your Reader University. Really great stuff here 🙂