Creative Approaches to Using Filmmaking Techniques to Enhance Drafting and Pacing With Anika Aldamuy Denise

Apr 18, 2024

Online event

From research, to scripting, to scene selection, thinking like a documentary filmmaker can be a powerful creative tool. Award-winning picture book author Anika Aldamuy Denise offers a new lens to frame and focus your writing. April 19, 2024 (7:00-8:30pm MT)

Meet Anika Aldamuy Denise

Anika Aldamuy Denise writes books that plant seeds of inspiration in readers of all ages, many of which celebrate her Puerto Rican heritage. Her debut picture book biography, Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré, received a 2020 Pura Belpré Award Author Honor, NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor for Outstanding Children’s Nonfiction, and the Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for Early Readers. Planting Stories was also named a Best Children’s Book of 2019 by Smithsonian Magazine, School Library Journal, New York Public Library, Los Angeles Public Library, Chicago Public Library, Bank Street College of Education, and the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature.

Anika’s follow-up title, A Girl Named Rosita: The Story of Rita Moreno: Actor, Singer, Dancer, Trailblazer!, received a starred review from School Library Journal and was an American Library Association 2022 RISE Feminist Book Project selection. Her latest picture book biography, Phenomenal AOC: The Roots and Rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez received a starred review from Booklist and was awarded a Pura Belpré Honor for illustration.

In addition to writing, Anika frequently speaks at schools and in professional organizations, where she leads workshops in creative writing and representation in kids’ literature. She also mentors writers for Las Musas and We Need Diverse Books.

Raised in Queens, New York, Anika now lives in Rhode Island with her family. To learn more, visit anikadenise.com.