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

Sep 12, 2023

Online event

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 jam-packed session, we’ll take a deep dive into a mentor text, examining character, plot, design, and all the other elements that make up a well-paced book.

When: September 12th, 7-8:30pm EST

Where: Online

$15, members

$30, nonmembers

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Learn more about our speaker:

Sylvie Frank joined Disney Hyperion as Executive Editor in June 2021. She is the head of the picture book program and has the great pleasure of working with New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Ryan T. Higgins. She spent over eight years as an editor with Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division, where she was 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. In her role at Disney, Sylvie is looking for kid-focused, snappy picture books, especially those by author-illustrators. 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. She lives in Portland, OR, with her family.