Ann Ingalls



Studying the Publishers’ Marketplace – How to Do it and Why
Online class through SCBWI Dakotas
May 21st, 2020, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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Author, Ann Ingalls, will discuss the nuts and bolts of studying the publisher’s marketplace.

Ann Ingalls is a children’s writer with nearly 50 books in print or forthcoming. Ann sold nearly all of those books on her own, most of them in the last 7 years. It goes without saying that writers need to spend loads of time working at their craft in hope that in time it will sell. By studying the publishers’ marketplace for a short time every day (15-20 minutes), writers begin to see which publishers will be a good fit for their work.

The last 30-minutes will be devoted to your specific questions.

Writing for Emergent Readers with Ann Ingalls 
Online class through the Writing Barn
June 6, 2020, 2:00-5:00 PM CST
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Author Ann Ingalls asks: “How do you create a story that pulls early readers in while using a tightly controlled vocabulary and a few high-interest words? Can you do that with a tight word count? How can you make your work relatable, comfortably read, and worth the read? Will you choose to rhyme or not?” 

We’ll pay attention to rhythm as we work, exploring page turns, ramping up tension, and more. In this workshop, we’ll break down the storytelling process into manageable pieces. We’ll discuss successful published leveled books to see the structure beneath and find ways in which an author’s genius can be applied to your own work in progress.

In her writing career, Ann Ingalls has received valuable manuscript feedback: issues with story arcs, relatable characters, and leveling. Ann will share tips she has learned to fix common problems writers face as they complete their own work and she will share some of the tools she has used to help writers diagnose and fix common problems in their own manuscripts. Ann is pleased to study writers’ work and offer suggestions for revision before it goes out on submission.

Who should attend:

  • fiction and narrative nonfiction writers (children’s)
  • writers with a first draft that they’re looking to bring up to a submittable or publishable level
  • authors who are outlining or developing a new project
  • writers who have read at least 50 emergent readers and studied this genre

Past Events

Pencil: A Story With A Point! School Visit for 4th Grade
Hawthorne Elementary, Lee’s Summit, MO
November 15th, 2pm-3pm

The Fine Art of Children’s Literature Book Fair
HJ’s Community Center and Gallery
6425 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64113
November 16th, 1pm-4pm

PJ Party with St. Nick at Zona Rosa
Zona Rosa Town Center
86153 N Dixson Ave, Kansas City, MO 64153
December 6th, 6:30pm-8pm

Pencil: A Story With A Point! School Visit for K through 2nd Grade
Northview Elementary, North Kansas City SD, MO
February 3rd 2020, 9:30am-11am