Course curriculum

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    Resources

    • Intro
    • Course Syllabus
    • Course Forum
    • Workshop Calendar
    • Downloadable Files (Assignments)
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    Welcome

    • Welcome
    • Jim Averbeck
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    Module 1: PICTURE BOOK BASICS

    • Lesson 1: Types of Illustrated Books
    • Lesson 2: Construction of the Picture Book
    • Lesson 3: How Book Structure Affects Story
    • Lesson 4: To Rhyme, or Not to Rhyme
    • Lesson 5: Branching Exercise to Generate Ideas
    • Lesson 6: Proper Manuscript Format
    • Assignment
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    Module 2: DEVELOPING IDEAS FOR PICTURE BOOKS

    • Lesson 1: Creating a Critique Group
    • Lesson 2: Giving a Good Critique
    • Lesson 3: Receiving a Critique Well
    • Lesson 4: "The Assignment"
    • Lesson 5: MY PROCESS: A Child's World
    • Lesson 6: MY PROCESS: Variation on a Theme
    • Lesson 7: MY PROCESS: Questions & Connections for a Theme
    • Lesson 8: MY PROCESS: Flipping Expectations
    • Lesson 9: MY PROCESS: Research & Write
    • Assignment: Write Your First Draft
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    Implementation Week #1

    • Milestone #1
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    Module 3: WRITING TECHNIQUE FOR PICTURE BOOKS

    • Lesson 1: STORY SHAPE: "The Triangle"
    • Lesson 2: Other Story Shapes
    • Lesson 3: Writing Approach: Character vs. Plot
    • Lesson 4: Creating Interesting Characters
    • Lesson 5: Creating Interesting Plots
    • Lesson 6: Foundational Revision
    • Assignment
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    Module 4: HIERARCHY OF REVISION

    • Intro
    • Lesson 1: Hierarchy
    • Lesson 2: Beginnings & Endings
    • Lesson 3: Pacing
    • Lesson 4: Dialogue
    • Lesson 5: Subtext
    • Lesson 6: Action Verb & Word Choice
    • Lesson 7: Objectivity
    • Assignment
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    Implementation Week #2

    • Milestone #2
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    Module 5: WRITING WITH THE ILLUSTRATOR IN MIND

    • Intro
    • Geode
    • Lesson 1: Settings
    • Lesson 2: Action, Movement, and Character
    • Lesson 3: Illustrator Strengths
    • Lesson 4: Writing Tips to Open the Door for Illustrator
    • Assignment
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    Module 6: THE EMOTIONAL HEART OF THE STORY

    • Lesson 1: Emotional Entities
    • Lesson 2: How Emotion Drives the Story
    • Lesson 3: Writing Emotion
    • Lesson 4: Deepening Emotion
    • Lesson 5: Interview with Gianna
    • Assignment
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    Implementation Week #3

    • Milestone #3
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    Course Completed

    • CONGRATULATIONS! What's Next?