Challenge Yourself to a Year in Picture Books


by Carrie Charley Brown

Writing allows me to turn my internal reflections into external expression at my own pace. That must be why I connect on a deeper level with my online writing friends. I get time to revise words in my head before speaking. From critique groups to swap partners to social media writing groups and class forums, our interactions are mostly written. How perfect.


Fear shouldn’t hold you back from joining online groups. The first online writing community I ever participated in was Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) group on Facebook. It allowed me to observe the way writers interacted and then slowly join in myself. From there, I joined Julie Hedlund’s 12 x 12 picture book challenge which took the interaction to a whole new level. When you can actually see what people are working on and offer feedback on their work (as well as…

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