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6th Annual PiBoIdMo Nov 2014

6th Annual PiBoIdMo November 2014


I am very excited to be participating in this year's, Tara Lazar's, PiBoIdMo! Each year, I had caught it just too late. This time, I made sure to set the date on my Calendar. 

PiBoIdMo, Picture Book Idea Month, is pretty much what it says. A month where writers get together for a 30-day challenge to create 30 picture book concepts in 30 days! Along the way, we get to enjoy daily blog posts by picture book professionals and enter for prizes. To learn more about the challenge, visit here.

If you are a writer or illustrator or both, and love to write and learn about writing picture books, this is a great online opportunity to challenge yourself.

Registration is open from Oct. 25th - Nov. 7th.  Just visit Tara's website to register.

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