Thanks to Nina Laden! I took her day long workshop about creating children's picture books at Whatcom Community College last Saturday. I love Nina's work and have heard her speak at conferences and SCBWI events in the past, so even though I knew the class at the community college would be an intro class I signed up and I'm glad I took it! I'm especially excited to check out some of the picture books that I hadn't read that she talked about. Also she talked about a birthday book she uses sometimes to help her with character development called "The Secret Language of Birthdays" by Gary Goldschneider. Looks fun! Nina was also generous enough to do a little abrieveated critique at lunch. Thanks for a great day, Nina!