Thursday, June 26, 2014

July 24th - Jacqueline K. Ogburn - A Curious Collaboration: Writing Picture Books

A Curious Collaboration:  Writing Picture Books

Jacqueline is a spectacular author who has written a piece for the blog about the process of working with an illustrator.  If you are thinking about writing a children's book or you've ever wondered what that process might be like, this is a must read. 

I first met this amazing writer at a SCBWI conference over ten years ago.  She is a great friend, a very down to earth person, and has been everything from a sounding board to a mentor.  She belongs to a group of writers and illustrators called WINC, Writers and Illustrators of North Carolina.

It is great when you love and admire the work your friends do.  Jackie Ogburn is one of my favorite children's book authors...and I'm not just saying this because she named a character in one of her books after me.  The Bake Shop Ghost is a great read.

I'm not the only one who thought it was amazing.  It was turned into a short film.  Check out the trailer for it.

She's also the author of one of my favorite literary tales to tell.  The Magic Nesting Doll is a feast for both the eyes and the ears.  This piece is so beautifully written, it reads like a traditional tale.  It involves an enchanted Czar, a magic nesting doll, fantastic beasts and a young girl who breaks a spell that causes Winter without Spring, Night without Moon, and Dark without Dawn.  A great read!


She has so many good ones, I am spoiled for picking favorites, but I absolutely love Scarlett Angelina Wolverton-Manning.  What happens when you kidnap a helpless young girl only to discover there's something odd and unsettling about her?  I've been working on turning this one into a performance piece.  I'll be rolling it out later on this year!

Her work is worth exploring if you are mining for some new material.  Her entry is both interesting and thought provoking.

Happy Reading!

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