In this class, we will explore the genre of children’s books with the specific goal of each participant ending the class with a story idea for a picture book. Participants will spend a part of every class reading picture books and thinking about what makes them effective. We’ll look at classics (including Where the Wild Things Are, The Giving Tree, and a range of Dr. Seuss books), and we’ll also look at a few contemporary picture books and make space for participants to bring in their own favorites. We’ll spend the larger part of every class writing. Our writing exercises will be focused on developing characters, creating an immersive setting and generating ideas for a longer story to work on. There will be time for sharing in each class. The class promises to be a powerful opportunity to be creative in a whimsical and joyful way.
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Ari Satok is the author of three books of poetry. His first book, The Architects of Hope, captures the stories of young adults from all around the world, whom he interviewed during a yearlong storytelling project he led traveling to schools on four different continents. His second book, The Beautiful Chaos of Growing Up, is a heartwarming reflection on the journey through college and into young adulthood. And the most recent book Love Too Can Spread, reflects through poetry on the pandemic and all that we've been through. Ari has taught writing and storytelling workshops all around the world and has taught this specific children's book class 3 times through the Creative Center. He also recently taught a 12 session class through the Creative Center called Life Writing. Ari is deeply passionate about creating spaces for people to express their unique creativity and loves working with the Creative Center.