Rob Sanders believes that you are more than the story you are currently crafting. Your abilities as a writer and/or illustrator far exceed your current work in progress. In this session, Rob is going to show you how he has diversified his writing in genre, format, style, and more and he’ll show you how you can do it, too. Rob hasn’t done it all—but he’s trying to. He first created fiction picture books and then added in nonfiction. His many books have included a rhyming bedtime story, a rhythmic nonfiction ABC book, friendship stories, parallel stories, work for hire, intersecting biographies, and narrative nonfiction that integrates poetry (to name a few). Last year, his first middle grade novel was released—a historical fiction story in verse. And next year he’ll release a poetry collection, a concept book, and a biography written with a co-author. Rob believes even if you can’t do it all, you can probably do more than you think you can! In this session, Rob will share his journey with you and will help you uncover story possibilities for yourself. Creative exercises to stretch your brain, tickle your ear, and touch your heart will be sprinkled throughout the session, so bring your favorite writing and drawing tools. And, of course, bring your questions. Because helping you discover your own possibilities is what this session is all about.
Saturday, November 4, 2023
2:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.
Jimmy B. Keel Library
2902 W. Bearss Ave, Tampa, FL 33618
Community Room A
Rob Sanders is a teacher who writes and a writer who teaches. He is known for his funny and fierce fiction and nonfiction picture books and is recognized as one of the pioneers in the arena of LGBTQIA+ literary nonfiction picture books. Rob’s nonfiction books continue to break new ground, including the first picture books about the Pride Flag, the Stonewall Uprising, a transgender Civil War soldier, a gay presidential candidate, and the first gay marriage in America. His work also continues to introduce readers to heroes of the LGBTQIA+ community—from Harvey Milk to Gilbert Baker, from Cleve Jones to Bayard Rustin, and more. His fiction explores friendship, relationships, standing up for others, and being allies. Blood Brothers, his first middle-grade novel, written in powerful, raw verse releases in July 2022. Rob is a frequent speaker, teacher, mentor, coach, and critiquer. You can learn more about Rob Sanders at https://www.robsanderswrites.com/.