Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Westport Writers Workshop


"Where Do You Get Your Ideas?"
Children's Authors Share Invention Strategies

At the Westport Writers' Workshop
3 Sylvan Road South, Westport

December 8
7:30-9 pm

Discovery of a mysterious diamond reveals a girls’s connection to Shakespeare...a boy cast out of his Amazon tribe finds new life with an American adoptive family but needs to return to prove himself...a group of kids with wacky but limited powers put their heads together to solve a crime...

Do you ever wonder where best-selling children’s authors get their ideas?

Anyone who writes or loves middle grade fiction will enjoy this evening with successful authors of middle grade fiction. The panel, which includes the surprise guest NY Times tech columnist David Pogue along with authors Elise Broach, Tony Abbott and N.A. Nelson, will address questions such as:

  • How do you repeatedly come up with fresh, inventive ideas?
  • How do you know that the idea is right for your target age range – in this case, middle grade fiction?
  • What strategies are useful when you get stuck working on a story?
  • How do you decide when it's time to abandon an idea and move on to something else?

Panelists will include:

Tony Abbott: Firegirl (Little, Brown & Co.); Lunchbox Dream (Farrar, Straus and Giroux); Secrets of Droon (Scholastic); Cracked Classics Series (Hyperion); award-winner The Secret (Little, Brown & Co.)

Elise Broach: Missing on Superstition Mountain (Henry Holt & Company); New York Times Bestseller Masterpiece (Henry Holt & Company); Shakespeare's Secret (Henry Holt & Company); Desert Crossing (Henry Holt & Company)

Nina Nelson: Bringing the Boy Home (Harper Collins);

David Pogue: Abby Carnelia's One and Only Magical Power (Roaring Brook Press)

The presentation will include time for Q&A. Copies of the authors’ books will be available for purchase and book signing.

Registration $25, bring a child for free. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.


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