Laura Sassi has a passion for telling stories in prose and rhyme. She is the author of five picture books including the best-selling Goodnight, Ark (Zonderkidz), which was a 2015 Christian Book Award Finalist; Goodnight, Manger (Zonderkidz); Diva Delores and the Opera House Mouse (Sterling Children’s Books), which won First Honor Book for the 2019 Best in Rhyme Award; Love Is Kind (Zonderkidz), which was a 2020 Anna Dewdney Read Together Award Honor Book; and Little Ewe: The Story of One Lost Sheep new this spring with Beaming Books. She’s excited to be able to share that her board book Bunny Finds Easter will debut in 2022. In addition to books, she’s published over one hundred poems, stories, crafts, and articles in various children’s publications.

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A graduate of Princeton University and UCLA, Sassi had a successful teaching career before becoming a children’s author. She’s been a homeschool mom, children’s ministry director, historic museum interpreter, and more. She writes daily from her home in New Jersey and finds special joy in sharing her love of reading and writing with the next generation at school visits and other book events.

Saturday, April 24, 2021, 9a.m.until 5p.m. with a lunch break.

Three workshops with interactive sessions.

Where’s the Cheese, Please! Creating Rhyming Picture Books

In this workshop, participants will investigate six essential tips for writing rhyming picture books. Using mentor texts and our own writings as examples, the goal is to come away from the workshop with fresh ideas on how to bring rhyming picture book manuscripts to the next level. Lesson is followed by a practical, hands-on session with instant feedback.

Pacing, Page Turns, and Picture Clues:  Tips to Make Our Stories POP!

In this workshop, participants will investigate how to use the very short format of both picture books and board books maximize the impact of our stories. Lesson is followed by a practical, hands-on session with instant feedback.

Scaffolds and Skeletons. Making the Most of Picture Book Story Structures.

In this workshop, we’ll explore different story structures, (cumulative, circular, parallel etc.) with an eye towards stretching our storytelling skills in new directions. Lesson is followed by a practical, hands-on session with instant feedback.

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