Yes, it’s a silly sounding title.
But…it serves a great purpose.
The only way to learn how to do something is by education. It doesn’t have to be a formal degree, it can be as simple as studying something or someone. YouTube, Google, and a number of other online platforms have free instructional videos. I even saw where MIT, yes, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has uploaded courses that are free for anyone to watch!
Writing picture books is no different. There are many fabulous authors who offer webinars (I just did one with Arree Chung) and seminars at conferences. Online communities like SCBWI, Julie Hedlund’s 12X12 and the Picture Book Blueprint community that help authors of varying stages in their career.
But ReFoReMo helps get you into mentor texts. The best way to learn how to write is to READ! You get a feel for language. You see the nuts & bolts of these 32 page masterpieces. Reading for Research Month (ReFoReMo) is supported by authors, illustrators, educators, librarians, editors and literary agents, pretty much anyone who gets their hands on books for kids.
This years lineup of presenters is very impressive! You will find authors Vivian Kirkfield, Nancy Churnin, Dr. Mira Reisberg from the Children’s Book Academy and many editors, illustrators and agents. Go take a look at the calendar HERE.
Registration to participate opens on February 15. Make sure you sign up and join in the fun of being exposed to old and new books.
(ReFoReMo illustration by Lori Nawyn)