Picture Book Biography: Finding your Subject and Focus with Laurie Wallmark

Mar 12, 2024

Online event


The first step in writing a picture book biography is to choose your subject. Sounds simple, right? Not so fast. There are many questions to consider: should that person be famous or a relative unknown; contemporary or historical; be of wide-spread or niche interest; etc.? Now it’s time to choose what aspect(s) of that person’s life to highlight. Again, there are many questions to consider. Finding a focus for your book can be one of the most difficult parts of writing a biography. This workshop will help you with the many decisions you need to make before writing the first word of your picture book biography. $15 USD for Premium Members. $35 USD for Registered Users. Sponsored by Kansas-Missouri SCBWI!

Award-winning author Laurie Wallmark writes picture book biographies of women in STEM as well as fiction. Her books have earned six starred trade reviews, been chosen as Junior Library Guild Selections, and received awards such as Outstanding Science Trade Book, Crystal Kite Award, Cook Prize Honor, and Parents’ Choice Gold Medal. Her titles include JOURNEY TO THE STARS, GRACE HOPPER: QUEEN OF COMPUTER CODE; RIVKA’S PRESENTS; THE QUEEN OF CHESS; and DINO PAJAMA PARTY. Laurie has an MFA in Writing from VCFA and is a former software engineer and computer science professor. Find Laurie online at lauriewallmark.com and @lauriewallmark. 

Additional Workshop Details


Tuesday, March 12, 2024. 7:00-8:30 pm CT


Virtual Event. After registering, you will find your registration confirmation under My Events on your Member Home. The Zoom link for the event will be found under the green Meeting Info button.


$15 USD for Premium Members. $35 USD for Registered Users.


The workshop will be recorded, and the recording will be available for 30 days following the event. Attendees will receive a link and a password by email the week following the event.


Upon completion of payment, you will receive a payment confirmation by email. You will also find a registration confirmation on the website that will include event-specific details. Go to your Member Home and click on My Events under the black bar at the top of the page. All events you have registered will be displayed on this page. If there are additional meeting details (i.e. Zoom links for virtual events or materials required for the event), this information will be found under the green Meeting Info button.

Questions about this event? Contact Michele Helsel or Devyn Douvier, Co-Regional Advisors, SCBWI Kansas-Missouri ksmo@scbwi.org