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Picture books are beautiful venues in which to celebrate the joyous moments of our day-to-day lives. In this workshop, we will examine and discuss “slice of life” books: stories that focus on one day, or one event, rather than a longer narrative arc. Participants will examine and break down how authors are creating a story from a single moment. Then, we will generate story ideas, and hopefully complete some beginning drafts to share at the end.
Isabel Quintero is an award-winning writer and the daughter of Mexican immigrants. She lives and writes in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Gabi, A Girl in Pieces (Cinco Puntos Press), her first YA novel, was the recipient of multiple awards including the California Book Award Gold Medal and the Morris Award for Debut YA Novel. She is the author of the chapter books Ugly Cat and Pablo (Scholastic, Inc.) and Ugly Cat and Pablo and the Missing Brother (Scholastic, Inc.). In 2016 Isabel was commissioned by The J. Paul Getty Museum to write a non-fiction YA graphic biography, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide (Getty Publications), which went on to be awarded the Boston Globe Horn Book Award. Most recently, My Papi Has a Motorcycle (Kokila), her latest book, earned the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Award, along with multiple starred reviews. Her work can be found in several anthologies, and several print and online publications.