Basic Structures: Understanding the Picture Book Form

July 31, 2011 | 826 Blog Post

826michigan is proud to present a September installment in the “How to Write Like I Do” writing workshop series for adults!

Basic Structures: Understanding the Picture Book Form
with Phil & Erin Stead
Sunday, September 25
826michigan (115 E. Liberty St. in Ann Arbor, MI)
Tickets: $25 in advance at, $30 at the door

Picture books can be wildly different from one another in theme and tone. Yet their underlying structures remain the same. In this workshop, participants will explore the restrictions of the picture book format, then develop a simple story arch to fit within the most common format, the 32 page book. This workshop will include a question and answer session with the author and illustrator.

Philip C. Stead and illustrator Erin E. Stead are the co-creators of A Sick Day for Amos McGee, which was awarded the 2011 Caldecott Medal, the Charlotte Zolotow Honor for excellence in a picture book text, and was selected as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2010. Philip and Erin live and work in Ann Arbor.

We could not be bigger fans of the Steads — A Sick Day for Amos McGee is a truly beautiful book and it features the sweetest (spoiler alert) shy penguin we’ve ever seen. In addition to this, Phil wrote an incredibly touching introduction to our OMNIBUS 3.0, which will be released the evening of September 25! All proceeds from the “How to Write Like I Do” series directly benefit our free tutoring and creative writing programs for students aged 6-18 in southeastern Michigan. To reserve your spot for an afternoon with Phil and Erin, click here.

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