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Creating Children's Books

WRCT 264
Spring 2013
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ENGL 297
Certificates: Writing

In this course each student will create and illustrate a children's book, at the picture book or illustrated chapter book level. Assignments include examining a variety of children's books (from 1930 to the present) and emulating specific authors and illustrative techniques as we develop original work. We will discuss both text and illustration in published picture books, and the creative assignments and workshop discussions will focus on both components, and their interaction.

We will look at a range of questions: What is this book for? Who is it for? Does it appeal to children and adults in different ways? What assumptions does it make about the world of childhood and the relationships children have? How does it obscure, reveal, comment on, or attempt to change the truths of life--things like love, desire, satisfaction, hurt, difference, sickness, and death? What values or norms does it establish--or subvert? What do the words and pictures do to each other? What values or expectations are at stake as the story or pattern unfolds? We'll use questions like these to help drive our experiments and revisions as we workshop all stages of our books.

Two artists experienced in illustration, David Schorr and Connie Brown, will be guest instructors for at least three sessions each, offering classes on illustration (history, current practice) and several working critiques. There will be three assigned readings relating to illustration.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)(EDST)(ENGL)(ENGL-Creative W)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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