"Suzanne is an excellent teacher, and the
material in the Core of Three class will be a great foundation as I learn
more about becoming a children's writer."
- Jill, workshop student
Workshop Terms of Service
Ever wonder why there are so many threes in children's literature - three bears, three pigs, even three Billy Goats Gruff? Then find out what the "Core of Three" is all about and learn to write your own tales for children using this simple story structure.
One: The Core of Three: What Is It? Why Is It So Effective?
Two: Analyzing Children's Literature Written in the Core of Three
Three: Writing in the Core of Three: Creating Your Own Children's Story
(we'll brainstorm story ideas, then you'll start outlining your story)
Four: Story Critiques (what works and what doesn't work in your story)
By the end of this workshop series participants will be able to recognize a simple story structure known as the "Core of Three" and will have developed their own children's story utilizing this structure.
Required Materials: None
Suggested Reading (prior to class): Any good fairy tale book that includes The Three Pigs, The Three Bears, The Three Billy Goats Gruff; any collection of Mother Goose Tales; Pig, Pigger, Piggest (a children's picture book by Rick Walton); A Christmas Carol (by Charles Dickens)
About the Facilitator, Suzanne Lieurance
Suzanne Lieurance is a former teacher, now a fulltime freelance writer in
Kansas City, Missouri. She is coauthor of KIDDING AROUND KANSAS CITY, a children's travel guide and activity book (John Muir Publications 1997), and author of
SHOELACES, a Rookie Reader, from Grolier/Children's Press (March 2000). Suzanne is also a contributing editor for
Tutor House, a children's software company, and she has a regular online column,
Tricks of the Trade, for children's writers at Word Museum. Her articles and stories have been published in a variety of newsletters and magazines including
FamilyFun, New Moon, The Friend, Instructor, Once Upon a Time, Children's Writer, and
Duration: 4 weeks
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