Jennifer Morris
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Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative will present two virtual programs in May.

On Friday, May 1, from 7 to 9 p.m., there will be a Special Online Earth Day Open Mic.In this time of social distancing and remote work, many are taking time to go outside and reconnect with the outdoors. So as a suggested theme for the open mike, if you have been spending more time in nature, Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative wants to hear about your experience. All genres are welcome, but readings are limited to five minutes.

SBWC’s open mic offers a place where you can express your creativity and connect with other storytellers from your home “stage” so even if you do not have a recent piece about nature, feel free to read a five-minute selection from any of your works.

All are welcome, as well, to attend and listen. During this time, virtual media removes physical barriers so Earth Day Open Mic is a great opportunity for loved ones and friends to hear your creative work no matter where they live. Simply forward this email to them so they can register to receive the invite link.

You must register at https://forms.gle/ymz2z7NgRiSDJjEA6. For more information, email 7bridgewriterscollaborative@gmail.com.

On Saturday, May 16, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, there will be “Virtual Storytellin” with Jennifer Morris, for writers and illustrators.

Do you like to draw? Are you interested in writing and/or illustrating books for children? Children’s picture books are more than just books full of pretty pictures; they are a form of visual storytelling. Picture books weave images and words together to form a rich narrative. Whether you are interested in illustrating, writing or both, learn how to use artwork to convey more than you can with words alone. You will discuss techniques that will strengthen your visual storytelling abilities and help you be a better picture-book creator.

Morris is an award-winning illustrator and author of children’s books. Most recently, she wrote and illustrated the “Flubby the Cat” easy-reader series published by Penguin Random House. She has illustrated hundreds of educational products, children’s magazines, greeting cards and more. She is the author and/or illustrator of numerous picture books. She is published by Scholastic, Penguin Random House, Highlights and others. Her best-selling book, “May I Please Have a Cookie?,” has sold more than 1 million copies.

To sign up for the workshop, visit https://forms.gle/DjUpzTKjgEecyFLHA. For more information, email 7bridgewriterscollaborative@gmail.com.