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Picture Book Writing Workshop

May 27th, 2021 · No Comments · Books, City Library, Events, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, Teens, Virtual Programs

Picture books for children are poems with pictures. They can be very funny. They can bring a family memory to life. Maria Popova describes picture books as “stories that tackle with elegant simplicity such complexities as uncertainty, loneliness, loss, and the cycle of life.”

What makes a story one that children will love?  What are the components that blend and form the structure and beauty of a picture book story? 

The Manchester City Library invites adults and teens to stretch their creativity in this two-week, virtual workshop on Thursdays, June 24 and July 1 at 6:30 pm. Participants will explore word by word and image by image how a few picture books are made. Please join author Terry Farish to explore the narrative components that help a picture book sing.

Terry will offer prompts and guidelines for participants to write their own picture book in Part I of the workshop. Part II is a Picture Book Writing Group in which participants are invited to share their picture books in progress and join in discussion about group members’ work. Discussion in the group is on based noting what’s really alive in a story.

Terry Farish is the author of many picture books. Her first is The Cat Who Liked Potato Soup, illustrated by Barry Root, (Candlewick).  Her forthcoming picture book is A Feast for Joseph with OD Bonny, illustrated by Ken Daley. (Groundwood) Her young adult books include The Good Braider, a novel in verse.  She volunteers for The Telling Room supporting teen writers and writes for InDepthNH, the New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism.  Please meet her at

For questions, call Sue Harmon at 603-624-6550 x3320 or email [email protected]

Signup for this program is required! Visit and click on “Upcoming Events” to view the library calendar. Click here to be taken directly to the event listing, or copy and paste the link below into your browser.

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