FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Children's author Christine Pakkala is hosting a workshop on writing for children at the Fairfield Public Library.
Pakkala will teach a class on the introduction to writing for children in a two-part workshop starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Fairfield Public Library, according to a press release.
By drawing on your own experiences, interests or family history, you can write a wonderful and unique children’s story," representatives said in the release. "The first session will take a look at some great children’s books for different ages, and talk about what makes them appealing to adults and children alike, paying specific attention to the voice of the main character.
"We’ll also discuss genre. What makes a picture book, an early reader, a beginning chapter book? What’s the difference between middle grade and young adult? The state of children’s book publishing and whether it is best to find an agent, an editor or neither will be considered. In the second session, with guidance, good humor, writing prompts, and coffee, we’ll put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, depending on your preference) and we’ll write the first two pages (or more) of our children’s books (yes, you can do it). Then we’ll share what we’ve written."
Residents are asked to bring a notebook, pen, and a few ideas to both sessions. Registration is required through the Fairfield Public Library.
This two-part workshop will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 and Nov. 12 in the Memorial Room at the Main Library, 1080 Old Post Road in Fairfield.
Pakkala is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Fulbright scholar and her children’s chapter book series debut, Last-But-Not-Least Lola Going Green, was recently published by Boyd’s Mill Press, according to the release.