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Crafting Chapter Books: Half-day Workshop with Debbi Michiko Florence

Date(s) - 05/05/2018
10:30 am - 1:30 pm


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What is a chapter book? How is it different from a picture book or a novel for older readers? How do you write for a series? Debbi Michiko Florence, author of the chapter book series Dorothy and Toto and Jasmine Toguchi, will share all of the details you need to know to start writing your own chapter books!

Topics covered in this workshop include:

*the writing, revision and publishing process behind chapter books

*a “primer”  on the differences between chapter books vs. other types of books as well as what makes a series vs. stand alone chapter book

*helpful mentor texts

*carefully crafted writing exercises


Debbi Michiko Florence is the author of the Dorothy and Toto early chapter book series for Picture Window Books/Capstone, as well as the chapter book series Jasmine Toguchi, about a spunky 8-year-old Japanese American girl: Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen (a Junior Library Guild selection); Jasmine Toguchi, Super SleuthJasmine Toguchi, Drummer Girl (a Junior Library Guild selection) (April 3, 2018); and Jasmine Toguchi, Flamingo Keeper (July 3, 2018). A third generation Japanese American and a native Californian, Debbi now lives in Connecticut with her husband, a puppy named Kiku, a bunny named Aki, and two ducks named Darcy and Lizzy. A former zoo educator and classroom teacher, she loves to travel with her husband and daughter.


Note: The workshop will take place at a library in Columbus. Once event location details are finalized, registrants will be notified. *Light refreshments are included in the registration price.


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