Learn the basic elements of a story to create tales for children
They say that to write children's books you have to become a child, free your imagination, be surprised and, above all, play with history. Natalia Méndez, editor, author and teacher at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), has been turning ideas into children's books for more than 17 years and knows perfectly how to create and edit great stories through games, from the idea to her publication.
In this course you will get an overview of the children's publishing world and learn the elements and narrative structures to turn your ideas into stories for children.
What's included in this course?
You will start by getting to know Natalia Méndez, who will share her passion for reading, her professional career in children's literature and her main influences.
You will briefly review the history of children's books from their origin to the present.
You will have an introduction on what are the literary genres, their function to tell a good story and the process of editing a children's book, from the arrival of an original author until the book goes into print.
Natalia will teach you to write a story step by step from the game. You will use ideas as dice generator with different elements on their sides, to advance your story without restrictions.
You will learn the basic elements that are in a story and the different types of narrators to lay the foundations of your project (written or graphic).
You will continue to analyze the different types of narrative structures. Natalia will explain to you in detail the traditional structure, the four-part or no conflict and the chained or list structure, and you will choose one of them to develop your story.
Finally, you will apply some tips to edit your project, choose an editorial to present it and, also, different self-publishing options.
What is this course project about?
You will make a brief story from a game that will serve as a generator of elements for a story.
Who is it for?
To all the people interested in creating a story for children and who want to know the children's publishing world in general.
It is not necessary to have any prior knowledge.
On the materials, you will need a pencil, colors, white sheets and glue.
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Natalia Méndez has worked as a book editor for children and young people since 2002. She teaches courses in Publishing and Literature (UBA), training for writers (House of letters) and training for children's book publishers.
He made a specialization in children's literature (CEPA / Government of the city of Buenos Aires). She is the author of The mysterious disappearance of Mr. Tomás (First South American, 2017), Visits (Ed. Abran Cancha, 2017) Leaves on the pillow (Abran Cancha, 2014).
In 2007 he obtained a scholarship to attend in Spain the Training Course for Ibero-American Editors; in 2011, a scholarship as a researcher at the Internationale Jugendbibliothek in Munich and, in 2012, she participated in the Frankfurt Fellowship program at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
It has its own seal of artisanal edition, called "Dábale arroz", together with Eduardo Abel Giménez and a very small ceramic and minibus venture "A la zorra".