Picture Book U. and Other Summer Endeavors

Summer’s here. How do I know? Because I’ve had it on my list to write this blog post for the past 3 weeks, and haven’t gotten to it until now. Oh yeah, and it has been about 95 degrees for a week straight.

Besides hydrating frequently, here are a few summer writing activities I’m up to.

PBU participantThe first is Pam Calvert’s Picture Book University. This is a great (free!) mini-workshop on picture books by the author of Princess Peepers. We’re three posts in, and already it’s clear she has so much knowledge to share, and the pace and assignments are do-able on my “relaxed” summer schedule. The latest post, on character-driven picture books, came at a great time as it is something I’ve been thinking about quite a bit lately.

I’m also trying to catch up on some reading. Two books on my craft shelf this summer are Poem Making by Myra Cohn Livingston, and The Ode Less Travelled by Stephen Fry. And of course, with every library visit I make my raid on the ‘new books’ shelf to keep up with new picture book releases. Summer offers plenty of time for read-alouds.

In June, I attended two free seminars given at Lesley University as part of their MFA in Creative Writing program. For anyone in the Boston area who is interested, they’ll be offering two more in January.

Mostly, though, as I spend time hanging out with my family, I try to look at summer as a productive ‘idea generation’ time. I just have to remember to bring along my notebook!

11 thoughts on “Picture Book U. and Other Summer Endeavors

  1. SevenAcreSky says:

    Sounds like you’re making your summer productive. I’m encouraged. Half gone, but I think I can get a few things done and a few contests entered. I’ll check out the PBU workshop, and possible I can add that in.

  2. danacarey1 says:

    Sounds like you’ve got a nice summer mix going, Carrie. I’m ‘attending’ the PBU too. And I have ‘Poem Making’ but I bought it a couple of summers ago and have memories of sitting in the backyard reading it. Such a great book. 🙂

  3. Liz Steinglass says:

    You sound very productive to me, especially for summer, and I too love the idea of summer being a good time for idea generation. It’s a struggle to get anything done with kids, family, vacation, and sweltering heat.

  4. Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

    I haven’t blogged once in July – awk! But your post reminded me that I HAVE been busy and I can write about those things in order to keep the site alive until more time frees up for me. 🙂

    Picked any raspberries this summer? This year our pathetic bushes have produced 5 berries – yes FIVE! I give up!

    • Carrie Finison says:

      My son went on an overnight to his grandparents’ last weekend and got quite a few. I’m sure it’s been hard on the bushes with all this heat, though.

      Maybe your fall batch will be better?

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