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Meet the Faculty: Rob Sanders

September 6, 2012

Rob Sanders, Author (Juvenile) and Editor

Robworks as a writing resource teacher. He teaches and coaches student writers and mentors fellow teachers. Rob worked for fifteen years in children’s religious publishing as a writer, educational consultant, editor, editorial manager, and product developer. His picture book, Cowboy Christmas, from Golden Books/Random House will release this fall. Rob leads writing conferences, writing camps for children, critiques manuscripts, coaches other picture book writers, and blogs on Picture This!

“From ‘Once Upon a Time’ to ‘Happily Ever After’ – Crafting Picture Book Beginnings and Endings” – Sunday, October 21, 9:00-10:00 AM
In The Best American Short Stories of 2011, Geraldine Brooks writes: “The beginning and end are precisely anchored tent poles, and what lies between must pull so taut it twangs.” The same is true for picture books. From the tent poles of the beginning hook to the ending denouement, picture books pack a punch with a few words and some great illustrations. But many writers find the launch of the book and its wrap-up to be the most difficult to nail. This session will explore the hooks and endings that make best-selling picture books best sellers. You’ll discover 10 ways to begin and end your picture book manuscripts, learn how to determine which beginning and ending strategies work best for a manuscript, and discover the key that revision plays in the process. NOTE: The content of this session would also be beneficial for those who work with student writers.

To see Rob by special appointment, check the website prior to the conference or the FWA registration desk at the conference. Note: Conference attendance is required for interviews.


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