Good morning, my wonderful NaPiBoWriWee writers! I’m trying to think of a nickname for us. I remember calling us “PiBo’s” last year. I was thinking of “NaPiBoWriWee-ers” but that’s a mouthful! Can anyone think of a fun nickname? “NaPi’s?” LOL!
Anyway, nickname or not, welcome to Day Three of the 2011 National Picture Book Writing Week! By now, you should feel like a PRO at this!
I often teach a class called WRITING FOR CHILDREN at UCLA EXTENSION’s WRITERS PROGRAM. I have loved every single class in this program, where I too got my start. I highly recommend checking out there classes. All my students ROCKED. Every. Single. One. Of. Them. I am so proud of my students and I learned a lot from them, too!
If you are interested in UCLA’s Writers’ Program, go here: http://www2.uclaextension.edu/writers/
So I’ve noticed a pattern in my blogging already. I’m giving writing craft advice based on what I’ve learned in my own writing classes, both as a student and teacher. I know most of you already know this stuff, but I figured a refresher course can’t hurt, right? Plus, there are a lot of newbie aspiring writers who are joining us at NaPiBoWriWee for the first time, so I figured they would be interested in these craft issues as well.
So on Day One, I talked about “vomit drafts” and used a lot of quotes from Ann Lamott’s famous BIRD BY BIRD book. Yesterday, I talked about PLOT. Today… we’re gonna talk about THEME.
(Keep reading after the jump for more on THEME…)