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January 9th 2021 Intensive with Sylvie Frank – Plot, Page- Turns, and Pith: All About Picture Book Pacing

Date(s) - 01/12/2021 - 01/17/2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Registration is reopened until Sunday, Jan. 17th 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time for anyone who didn’t register for the Intensive and now want the recording. The price is the same as the live event. The recording will be emailed to you on Jan. 18th by 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time and will be available to you for 2 weeks. 


January 9, 2021 – Intensive

9 a.m. – noon Pacific Time

Sylvie Frank, Senior Editor, Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster


Plot, Page-Turns, and Pith: All About Picture Book Pacing

What does pacing really mean? What does it mean for a picture book to be “snappy”? And how does plot function in picture books, anyway? In this hands-on and jam-packed session, we’ll dive into two mentor texts, examining elements that create a well-paced book. Finally, we’ll take a close look at how making a picture book dummy can be an invaluable tool to help you think visually, cut words, and revise the plot in your own work-in-progress. Please have available – A copy of your PB manuscript, Four sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 paper, a Pencil, Scissors and a Stapler. 

  Sylvie Frank is Senior Editor at Paula Wiseman Books, a boutique imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division. She is the editor of award-winning and critically acclaimed books including Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo; I Have a Balloon by Ariel Bernstein, illustrated by Scott Magoon; The Power of Her Pen by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by John Parra; The Crossroads by Alexandra Diaz; and OCDaniel by Wesley King. Since joining Paula Wiseman Books in 2013, Sylvie has been on the prowl for kid-focused, snappy picture books and literary, character-driven middle grade. She is drawn to original and diverse voices across all genres. One of her favorite pastimes is browsing agents’ and illustrators’ websites for new talent. When she’s not reading, Sylvie can be found running while listening to audiobooks.