We see these same defining details in many of the popular books today– Harry Potter’s scar, or Katniss Everdeen’s mockingjay pin. Tiny details that symbolize an entire movement.
Think about the defining details of your own life. Is it an apron, covered with flour handprints? Scuffed and battered running shoes? A notebook exploding with loose papers and only held together by the memory of a spine?
Now think about your character. Whether they love it or hate it, there is something they see every day. There is something that represents either who they are, who they have been, or who they are becoming. Tell us in the comments what you’ve come up with!
Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers is filling fast. So fast, I can’t believe it. If you are interested in getting in on a session, come on down.
For those who want to try something different, I’d encourage you to look at the mini workshops. There are several to choose from and each focuses on a specific skill set.
Worried about having a true voice in your writing? Sign up with Ann Dee Ellis and spend four hours learning, writing and polishing this important quality editors are always looking for.
Jennifer Nielson is leading a four-hour workshop on developing a strong plot.
Robison Wells will tell you how to develop a strong, real character, one you can recognize on the street.
Wondering how to strengthen your world building? HINT–ALL novels need world building. Not just fantasy. Brodi Ashton is the faculty directing this year’s class.
Are you an illustrator? Sherry Meidell will spend four hours with you and your classmates, helping you to learn how to sell your picture book.