Crafting a children’s book may seem like an easy task at first thought, but many skills go into creating a successful and creative story.
The Community Writing Center at Salt Lake Community College is providing an opportunity to learn the techniques necessary to make your own story ideas thrive and, who knows, maybe even get published one day.
The Children’s Books workshop is a two-part workshop that provides information on how to engage young readers. Ranges of genres for young readers will be explored — everything from magazine articles to picture books.
“The Children’s Books workshop is a fantastic opportunity for people interested in writing for kids to begin exploring the world of children’s literature,” says SLCC writing assistant Ashley McFarland. “Whether you want to write for the kids in your own life, or aspire to publish, this workshop will help you along the way.”
McFarland coordinates off-site and youth programming, and would be facilitating the workshop. She is even working on a children’s book of her own — an ideal teacher to get tips and knowledge from.
“People should take advantage of this workshop because we’re going to discuss useful strategies and tips for writing for children, and participants will have a chance to share their own work and receive feedback from the group,” McFarland reveals. “Additionally, we’ll briefly discuss basic guidelines for publication.”
Tanner Thacker, an SLCC student who plans on graduating this upcoming fall semester, is transferring to Utah Valley University and is seeking a degree in Business. Thacker says writing a children’s book is something he’s always wanted to do.
“I actually have always thought about writing a children’s story book because I have some crazy good ideas and it seems to be pretty easy,” he says. “Do I have any idea how to begin writing them? No. That’s why I would be interested in learning some ways to make my ideas come to life.”
The workshop takes place on March 14 and 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. The SLCC Community Writing Center is located at 210 East 400 South, Suite 8 in Salt Lake City.
The workshop has a fee of $20 and registration is required. Attendees can register online or in person at the CWC.
Learn new writing techniques and brush up on old ones, this event is one you don’t want to miss.