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The Verse Curse

What you don't know about rhyming picture books

Why do publishers and agents say they hate rhyming books, when so many get published and children love them? Learn the top crimes of rhyme and how to avoid habits that make your verse worse. Plus ``must-have`` tips and resources on rhyming.

This workshop from Picture Book Summit 2016 contains a 45-minute video with Julie Hedlund showing you how to spot bad rhyme and tips for fixing it. Julie unravels the mystery of meter and scansion in an easy to understand way with examples you will come back to again and again.

Listen to Julie and avoid the Verse Curse!


Your Instructor


Julie Hedlund
Julie Hedlund

Julie Hedlund is an award-winning picture book author, 21st century publishing expert and founder of the 12 x 12 Picture Book Writing Challenge . Since 2012, 12 x 12 has encouraged thousands of picture book writers to get their stories out of their heads and onto the page. Julie is a frequent speaker at writing retreats and conferences. Her picture book credits include My Love For You is the Sun and A Troop is a Group of Monkeys . She developed The Complete Picture Book Submissions System with Emma Walton Hamilton and is one of the founders of Picture Book Summit, a yearly online conference for picture book writers from around the world.


Class Curriculum


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