Interactive Writing Workshop with Keir Graff (A Winnetka Public Library Event)

Join local author Keir Graff for an interactive writing workshop hosted by the Winnetka Public Library. Entitled “How To Write A Book Backward,” Keir’s presentation is based on his latest release The Tiny Mansion. How do you write a whole book by starting with the title? In this funny and fast-moving presentation, Keir explains how he developed all the necessary elements for his latest middle-grade novel—setting, character, premise, conflict, and plot—starting with the words "The Tiny Mansion." One registration per family required. This event is aimed at kids ages 9 - 13. Registration is required. Register HERE.

Please have paper and a pen ready. The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants the morning of the event.

Note: A recording of the event will be available for two weeks afterwards and will be emailed to registrants. 

About the Book:  

The last thing Dagmar wants is to spend her summer vacation squished into a tiny house with her dad, her stepmom, and her annoying five-year-old half brother. But after a sudden financial setback, her family is evicted from their Oakland apartment, and that's just where they end up, parked among the towering redwoods of Northern California.

As Dagmar explores the forest around their new and (hopefully) temporary home, she discovers they are living next door to an eccentric tech billionaire and his very unusual extended family. There's his brother, a woodsman who sets dangerous booby traps all over the place, and his sister, a New Age animal lover who meditates to whale songs in an isolation tank. And then there's the billionaire's son, Blake, who has everything he could ever wish for--except maybe a friend. But when a wildfire engulfs the forest, everyone--rich and poor, kid and adult--will have to work together to escape. And with both families at risk of losing everything, it turns out it's not the size of the home but the people you share it with that matters.

"Keir Graff doesn't miss! A smart, rambunctious romp with quirky twists, sharp social commentary, and a lot of heart. The tart, dryly witty Dagmar is a perfect foil for this engaging cast of weirdos, creeps, and rebels. Perfect for anyone who wants to read about people breaking from the pack and going their own way." --James Kennedy, author of The Order of Odd-Fish

"Graff's signature, over-the-top plotting builds to a thrilling climax. The whimsically drawn characters are good company . . . This smart, hilarious mashup of off-the-grid minimalism and smart-home consumerism adds up to a quirky treat"  -- Kirkus Reviews

"A compelling coming-of-age journey--sometimes carefree, sometimes emotional--of family, reconciliation, and finding yourself." -- Booklist

About the Author: Keir Graff is the author of the middle grade novels The Phantom Tower, The Matchstick Castle, and The Other Felix, and a handful of books for grown-ups. Keir lives in Chicago with his wife, Marya, his sons, Felix and Cosmo, and two cats, Toothless and Totoro. Learn more at and follow him on Twitter @keirgraff.


Event date: 

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom event!
The Tiny Mansion Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984813855
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 8th, 2020

In this pitch-perfect middle grade adventure, twelve-year-old Dagmar must endure a summer living off-the-grid with her family in a tiny home.