Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Virtual ShopTalk: It’s Always Time for Rhyme! with Janet Lawler

Date(s) - Tuesday, November 10, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Editors and writing guides tell you to avoid rhyme. But we keep finding it on publishers lists and on bookshelves. Why? Because rhyme “done right” enchants readers (and many editors!) in a unique way. This session provides a road map for your journey to rhyming success. All steps in the process will be covered, including development of concept/story line; specific craft elements; and self-editing for rhythm, sounds, and forced rhyme.

Short exercises will engage participants in evaluating ideas for suitability for rhyme, finding examples of tortured rhyme and other rhyming “wrongs,” creating and using beat patterns, examining read-aloud quality, and revising a rhyming text in response to editorial suggestion.

A detailed outline with a troubleshooting checklist will be provided to attendees.

About the Presenter:

Janet Lawler has published more than 25 fiction and nonfiction picture books. She writes in rhyme and prose. Her work has appeared in Scholastic Book Clubs and Children’s Book of the Month Clubs and in translation editions in several languages.

Janet’s recent rhyming picture books include Good Night, Little Engine (G&D, 2020), WINTER CATS (Albert Whitman, 2019), Mirabel’s Missing Valentines (Sterling, 2019), FRIGHT SCHOOL (Albert Whitman, 2018), and LOVE IS REAL (HarperCollins, 2014). Upcoming rhyming releases include WALRUS SONG (Candlewick, 2021), OCEANS OF LOVE (Philomel, 2022), and CELEBRATE! (Feiwel & Friends, 2022).

Janet is fascinated by the natural world, sometimes thinks and talks in rhyme, and loves finding humor and heart in everyday life. Visit her at

This event is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. THIS EVENT WILL NOT BE TAPED.