"I had the wonderful privilege of attending Jodell’s presentation 20 Tools Picture Book Writers Crave at the 2012 SCBWI Wisconsin Fall Retreat.  The workshop was rich with concrete tools and examples of how to incorporate different writing techniques into our manuscripts.  Jodell used fabulous picture books to elaborate the techniques she was teaching, so participants can go back and study further on their own.  Jodell is an expert in the field, has a warm, humorous approach to teaching, and inspires writers to look at their work in new and exciting ways.  I walked away from the presentation having learned a tremendous amount of new material and eager to apply it to my next story."


—Lisa Moser, LisaMoserBooks.com


Railroad Hank by Lisa Moser, illus. by Benji Davies (Random House, 2012)

Perfect Soup by Lisa Moser, illus. by Ben Mantle (Random House, 2010)

Kisses on the Wind by Lisa Moser,  illus. by Kathryn Brown (Candlewick Press, 2009)

Squirrel’s World by Lisa Moser, illus. by Valeri Gorbachev (Candlewick Press, 2007)

The Monster in the Backpack by Lisa Moser,  illus. by Noah Z. Jones (Candlewick Press, 2006)

Watermelon Wishes by Lisa Moser, illus. by Stacey Schuett (Clarion Books, 2006)


Coming Soon:


Squirrel’s Fun Day by Lisa Moser, illus. by Valeri Gorbachev (Candlewick Press, 2013)

Cowboy Boyd and Mighty Calliope by Lisa Moser (Random House, 2013)

Bug Garden (Candlewick Press)


We will be hosting picture book and novel writing workshops, which will be followed by the opportunity to  submit for feedback.



20 Pacing Tools Allow You to Do Less to Do More

You can create that Picture Book of your dreams by focusing on  20 key tools that allow you to add fun and excitement to your editing process. Learn how to connect to your readers, decrease word counts, and bring out the rhythm and heart of your story while producing a well-pace picture book. Focus on your readers' experience: create a performance readers will love, invite participation through art and words, add in surprise, utilize every page turn ti do more, or add an interactive game. Boost your use of rhythm, rhyme, and repetition and see how small changes make a big difference in enhancing your picture book project.



Going Far Enough to Fully Engage MG/YA Readers 

This workshop is about pacing, prosody and performance. It's about going far enough to engage readers in crafting your MG or YA novel. It explores how to integrate 20 exceptional tools, and go far enough to move, pause, halt, or slow a story to enhance the emotional tension. If you are looking for great ideas on how to get more out of your editing process, this workshop is for you. How will you move your story? How will you bring out the heart of your story? How can you use small strategies to bring thrill and excitement —even magic—to your writing.    


Please send requests to: [email protected].








Oct. 20, 2012 — SCBWI-WI Fall Conference

20 Tools Picture Book Writers Crave

Racine, WI


Nov. 3, 2012 — Oregon SCBWI

Pacing Picture Books Workshop, Portland, OR





April 12-14, 2013 — UW Madison Writer's Institute

Picture Book Pacing : 20 Tools Edit Picture Books to Wow

Pace Your MG/YA: Going Far Enough to Fully Engage Readers

Madison, WI