A couple of weeks ago I attended the first Children's Festival of Stories in Denver. The first day was all about different events for kids and meeting other authors/illustrators. There was a musician playing the cutest songs on ukelele, Emily Arrow, loved her songs! The second day was full of different workshops, some focused on drawing the art for picture books and others were more focused on writing. Instead of just taking classes centered on art, I decided to choose some writing workshops too. It was so informative. I am an author/illustrator and I have a published book, Queen Quail is Quiet, but it isn't a story with a beginning middle and end. There is a different tongue twister story for each letter.
The writing workshops were SO good because I was able to understand more of the steps of creating character and dialogue. A way to go about it is to think of the characters, their setting and what they are doing. Then understanding the background of the story for the characters to have a thing and issue to react to in their dialogue. It was amazing. In the video I talk about the lamest dialogue ever, give a little background and then share what we came up with as a group in like 30 minutes tops. It was the coolest thing ever, I'm still hyped about it.
Bottom line, workshops can help you grow. They did and continue to do so for me. :)
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