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From Drab to Fab

Ridding Your Writing of Ho-Hummery

Are you at a loss for just the right word?

In this workshop, Renée LaTulippe, creator of the Lyrical Language Lab, will discuss word-level revision and share strategies to add musicality to your writing. Topics to be covered include poetic techniques, the importance of word choice, weeding out weak words, how language affects pacing, and when less is more.

This workshop from Picture Book Summit 2018 contains a 55-minute video with Renée LaTulippe will have you looking at your manuscripts in a whole new way as she reveals how just changing a few words can change the whole tone and meaning of your book. If you're trying to take your manuscript to the next level and you're wondering what's missing, this is the workshop for you.

Includes Renée's From Drab to Fab Revision Checklist.


Your Instructor


Renée LaTulippe
Renée LaTulippe

Renée M. LaTulippe has poems published in many anthologies including School People (ed. Lee Bennett Hopkins), the National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry (ed. J. Patrick Lewis), One Minute Till Bedtime (ed. Kenn Nesbitt), Poems Are Teachers (ed. Amy Ludwig VanDerwater), The Poetry Friday Anthology Middle School, Science, and Celebrations editions (ed. Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong), and the forthcoming National Geographic's The Poetry of US (ed. J. Patrick Lewis) and Night Wishes (ed. Lee Bennett Hopkins). She has co-authored nine award-winning leveled readers and a collection of poetry titled Lizard Lou: a collection of rhymes old and new for All About Learning Press, where she is also the editor. Renée developed and teaches the online course The Lyrical Language Lab: Punching Up Prose with Poetry and blogs on children’s poetry at NoWaterRiver.com. She earned her BFA in acting/directing from Marymount Manhattan College and her MA in English Education from NYU; worked and played in the theater for almost two decades; and taught English, theater arts, and public speaking in NYC. She lives in Italy with her husband, twin boys, and little girl. Renée is represented by Elizabeth Harding of Curtis Brown, Ltd.


Class Curriculum


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