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Digging for Diamonds

Using Research to Make Your Writing Sparkle

If you equate research with dry facts and figures or think it’s limited to nonfiction, you may be in for a surprise. Bestselling author-illustrator and Director of ICL Katie Davis shows you how much fun research can be and how to use it to make your writing sizzle and your characters come alive.

This workshop from Picture Book Summit 2018 contains a 55-minute video with Katie Davis sharing why research is important for fiction as well as nonfiction and how research can bring depth to your story, plus real-life examples of how research (or lack of it) can take your book off the rails.

Includes Katie's handout, full of resources to start your research.


Your Instructor


Katie Davis
Katie Davis

Katie is Director of the Institute of Children’s Literature and acclaimed writer/illustrator whose credits include 10 books for children, which have sold over 755,000 copies. Her two books for writers, How To Promote Your Children’s Book and How to Write a Children’s Book are both #1 Amazon bestsellers. Katie hosts the weekly podcast Writing for Children. Learn more about Katie at KatieDavis.com


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