Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

KidLit Tools Workshop: Making Magic: Storytelling Disney-Style

Date(s) - 03/06/2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Making Magic: Storytelling Disney-Style 

Online Workshop Description:

Have you ever wondered why the waterworks appear at the end of films like Beauty and the Beast or The Little Mermaid? Or perhaps you’ve asked yourself what in the world caused you to care so much about a clownfish! Time and time again, Disney stories make their way into our hearts, impacting us long after we leave the theater. How do they make that magic succeed? What can we learn from Disney’s techniques that will help our own novels shine? In this class, we’ll explore the “Disney formula,” why it works, and how you can sprinkle a little Pixie Dust into your writing.

Presented by: Sara Ella

Once upon a time, SARA ELLA dreamed she would marry a prince and live in a castle. Now she spends her days homeschooling her three Jedi in training, braving the Arizona summers, and reminding her superhero husband that it’s almost Christmas (even if it’s only January). When she’s not writing, Sara might be found behind her camera lens or planning her next adventure in the great wide somewhere. She is a Hufflepuff and INFJ who finds joy in the simplicity of sipping a PSL and singing Disney tunes in the car. Sara is the author of the UNBLEMISHED trilogy and CORAL, a reimagining of The Little Mermaid that focuses on mental health. Her latest project is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, releasing in July 2022 from Enclave Publishing. She is represented by Steve Laube of the Steve Laube Agency. A lover of fairy tales, Sara believes “Happily Ever After is Never Far Away.”

Connect with Sara online at or on Instagram @saraellawrites


$15.00 Member Regular Rate
$25.00 Non-member Regular Rate


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ZOOM System:

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If you miss the live webinar, no worries, you will receive a link to the video replay within approximately 48 hours afterward.



*PAID REGISTRATION is required for this program.

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*Refunds (Tuition Only):

*Before February 14, 2021 subject to a $5.00 handling fee.

*Before February 27, 2021—50% of workshop tuition

*No refunds after February 27, 2021.

*No credits will be issued.

*We are not responsible for any technical difficulties that may arise during registration.


Attention Bloggers!  — If you plan to share your experiences from the conference, please note our Blogging & Recording Policy.

By signing up for this event, the registrant acknowledges that audio taping, videotaping and/or transmitting or aiding in any of the foregoing of any part of the webinar is prohibited. Additionally, the material in all handouts and presentations is copyrighted and may not be reprinted, blogged, written, orally transmitted, and/or reproduced without written permission of the copyright holder.