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Write a Picture Book

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Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed Mar 11 2020.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 7:00pm to Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 8:45pm
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Write a Picture Book

Learn how to write a picture book.

Picture books marry text and art. Meant to be read aloud, they require tight writing to communicate a story. We'll study mentor texts, familiarize you with the elements of successful picture books, and launch you into crafting your own stories.

Instructor: Traci Sorell writes fiction and nonfiction books as well as poems for children. Her lyrical story in verse, At the Mountain's Base, illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre (Kokila, 2019), celebrates the bonds of family and the history of history-making women pilots, including Millie Rexroat (Oglala Lakota). Her middle-grade novel, Indian No More, with Charlene Willing McManis (Tu Books, 2019), explores the impact of federal termination and relocation policies on an Umpqua family in the 1950s. Traci's debut nonfiction picture book—We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, illustrated by Frané Lessac, and published by Charlesbridge Publishing in 2018—won multiple awards including a Sibert Honor, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Honor, and an Orbis Pictus Honor. It also received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, The Horn Book, and Shelf Awareness. A former federal Indian law attorney and policy advocate, she is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives in northeastern Oklahoma where her tribe is located. For more about Traci and her other works, visit

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Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa
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