Write Picture Books That Rhyme!
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What You’ll Learn
How Tim McCanna Finds the Right Way to Tell His Stories
Writing in rhyme can be a great way to connect with your audience. When it's done right, the combination of rhythm and rhyme will stay with your readers, much like a favorite song.
But there are many pitfalls to writing in rhyme. Tim can help you identify some of those pitfalls, making them easier to avoid. He doesn't spend a lot of time on meter, referring to Diana Murray's intensive.
It's important to have a strong foundation for your story. Before Tim starts writing a rhyming picture book, he summarizes the story and asks himself some questions. We think that you're going to find a lot of value in the assignments and checklists that he's prepared for this intensive.
Examples from Tim's Published Picture Books
Tim shares examples from his published books to help students see the importance of strong rhymes and finding the right meter and rhyme scheme for your story.
He shares the entire book layout for Bitty Bot. It's helpful to have some idea of how many pages, lines, and words go into published rhyming picture books.
Different Material Than the Diana Murray Intensive
It's impossible to cram everything you need to know about writing rhyming picture books into one intensive. Tim's intensive covers different processes and techniques for writing rhyming picture books than Diana's covers. While the two intensives are complementary and bring up some of the same pitfalls, we believe that you'll have the best experience if you use both intensives to come up with your own process.
Where Diana's intensive focuses mainly on meter and rhyme schemes, Tim's focuses more on how to tell your story and word choice. You're going to learn more about utilizing keywords and tools, like a rhyming dictionary or a thesaurus.
Tim created three checklists for you to use at different stages, and we're excited to see how they improve the way you write stories!
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ABOUT THIS INTENSIVE:
Learn how to write wonderful rhyming stories, the kind that get read over and over again. Tim has strategies and checklists that will help.
YOUR STORY COACH:
Tim McCanna has been an actor, musician, musical theatre writer, graphic designer, and dad. That last one led to an interest in picture books.
Tim debuted as a picture book author with Teeny Tiny Trucks in 2013. He's also the author of the following picture books: Bitty Bot, Watersong, So Many Sounds, Barnyard Boogie!, Jack B Ninja, Boing! A Very Noisy ABC, and Bitty Bot's Big Beach Getaway, which was an ALA/LITA 2019 Golden Duck Notable Picture Book.
As a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), he also served as Assistant Regional Adviser for the San Francisco/South chapter for five years.
Caryn Wiseman at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency represents Tim's work.
Rhyming Picture Book Author
In this 35-minute intensive, you'll learn how to craft an amazing story, using prose and poetry as parts of your writing process. In addition to the assignments, you'll have access to three checklists. A replay of Tim's live review will be available.
Before Your Even Start Rhyming
Write down an idea that you have for a rhyming story.
Determine If a Story Idea Is Right for a Picture Book
Make sure your story is age appropriate and will be the right length for a picture book. Use the checklist!
Determine If Your Story Is Right for a Rhyming Picture Book
Tim has some questions you can ask to determine if your picture book needs to rhyme. He also has an assignment that you'll be able to use as a reference throughout the whole process.
The Big, Ugly Block of Prose
You'll write your story as a big, ugly block of prose to work out your narrative. This will also give you something to mine for keywords later.
Setting Up Your Story to Rhyme
In search of strong rhymes and the best word choices, Tim will have you using keywords and tools, like a rhyming dictionary and a thesaurus.
Finding Your Story's "Inner Meter"
A great meter should add atmosphere to your story without distracting readers. It's important to find the meter that matches your story.
Considerations as You Begin the Rhyming Process
Now that you're ready to write that first draft, Tim has some parting advice.
Storytelling in Rhyme
Frequently Asked Questions
Most rhyming picture books aren't rejected because the author didn't know how to rhyme. They're rejected because the author didn't understand meter. Tim will help you figure out the story before you start writing it.
If you understand meter, you've already done a lot of the work. Tim identifies common pitfalls that he sees, and he also shows how to outline your story ahead of time. The outline keeps your story on track so that you don't just end up following where the rhyme leads you.
Picture books and poems are different art forms. Rhyming picture books usually have an identifiable story shape.