Creating Children's Books II
Spring 2019 not offered
In this course, each student, already experienced in writing for children, 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 will use questions like these to help drive our experiments and revisions as we workshop all stages of our books.
|Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Seminar
|Grading Mode: Graded
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)
Course Reading Materials will include the following and more books:
Aaron Shepard, THE BUSINESS OF WRITING FOR CHILDREN
Alijandra Mogilner & Tayopa Mogilner, CHILDREN'S WRITER'S WORD BOOK
Uri Shulevitz, WRITING WITH PICTURES
|Examinations and Assignments:
Weekly assignments will include reading of published books, and continuous workshopping.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments:
Students may email Professor Bloom now to express interest in the course if they wish to. She will accept applications (cover letter, art sample, interview) after Nov. 2, 2015. Include information about relevant experience with a few images from portfolio. She is happy to meet in person.
For the Writing Certificate, the course counts as an elective.
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