Sunday, September 16, 2012

Know the rules, then break them with Victoria Rock

Are they rules or are they challenges? Victoria Rock led us through a thought provoking discussion of the common themes most writers are advised to stay away from. There are rules, but there are more challenges: structures, themes, and plot issues that you don't necessarily have to stay away from - but if you choose these challenges then you've got to do them well. Along with this discussion, Victoria gave us a fascinating reading list. Some highlights published by Chronicle were:

• Press Here by Herve Tullet

• Good Night, Good Night Construction Site by Sherri Dusky Rinker

• Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

• Wave by Suzy Lee

1 comment:

  1. Could a picture book actually be a board book? Or could a unique idea--that of a scroll, for instance--be turned into something a little more accessible, yet retain its integrity? Entertaining and informative, Victoria's other workshop, What Is This?, also provided lots of food for thought.