Here is my first ever post as part of Poetry Friday.
A few short weeks ago I never thought I would be able to write any poetry, or least not something I’d show without severe embarrassment.
Last year I was totally tongue and brain tied in a workshop by the lovely Meredith Costain. During her workshop each participant came up with gorgeous poem after poem, made up one the spot, while I hid my piece of paper and tried to look invisible.
My friend Renee LaTulippe changed all that. Our love of writing picture books brought us together in the same online critique group. Late last year she asked us to be beta testers/ students for her course The Lyrical Language Lab.
This is some of what her course offers:
Though I already held Renee in high regard as a poetry expert, and like many others subscribe to her inspiring blog No Water River I was a little skeptical that I would be able to learn anything at all about poetry.
But she did it!
Renee took a bunch of uncultivated, uncultured, unpolished, poetry deprived, rhythmically challenged and lyrical lowbrows and whipped them into shape!
When I say whip, I mean softly coaxed, giving us the honest truth when we needed it but packaged in such sincerity and good will and with a firm belief that we could grasp the concepts of poetical language that even we started believing in it.
Poetry seemed so vague, uncontrollable and unidentifiable to me. And though I have read poetry, and many of my favorite picture books are in rhyme or have that sense of lyricism and rhythm, I never thought I could use that in my picture book texts.
Even after just a few lessons I was able to come up with a double dactyl and a short poem in trochee. These two poems here were just done as part of the daily homework assignments during the first five lessons.
For me one of the exciting things about this course is that all our assignments receive personal feedback from Renee as well as plenty of interaction with the other students.
Renee is launching her course .... today! As part of the launch she is giving away a scholarship to one lucky reader, so go over to her blog and check out the details. And here is the link to the course page itself.
About double dactyls (taken from the course):
The double dactyl is a form of light verse invented by Paul Pascal, Anthony Hecht, and John Hollander
Here is my child friendly double dactyl:
sniffled and snaffled for
something to munch.
Finding a truffle he
gobbled it down with a
And here is my child loving trochaic poem:
on the floor tiles
make me shake my head.
Dirty hand prints
on the fridge door
make me sigh instead.
Broken pot plants
on the table
make my eyes see red.
when I watch him
sleeping in his bed.
And here are those links again:
Renee LaTulippe Launch post and GIVEAWAY
The Lyrical Language Lab Course information
About Poetry Friday: (from Kidlitosphere Central) At the end of the week many children’s book aficionados and bloggers use their sites to contribute favorite poems or chat about something poetical in an event called Poetry Friday. The features can be for children or adults, can be original poems, reviews of poetry books, reviews of poetic picture books, links to poems at copyright protected sites, thoughts about poetry, and more.
Most of us procrastinate. We need to be working towards this or that goal or project, instead we do something else. We procrastinate.
My writing group meets online, in a Facebook group, yep, Facebook, the ultimate procrastination seducer. Procrastination often comes up as a topic. To make us feel better about our procrastination habits we dubbed a good portion of them creative or productive procrastination, or as I also like to think of it guilt-free procrastination.
In contrast author/ illustrator Sylvia Liu has written the twin post on Unproductive Procrastination right here.
What is Productive Procrastination
Productive procrastination is procrastinating SIDEWAYS. You are doing something else to what you are meant to, but you are still sideways working towards your goal.
For example you need to work on draft 22 of your picture book. Instead you are reading Oliver Jeffer's picture book.
It is procrastination where you are still creatively engaged. Part of what you are doing is still furthering your goal. It is a mix and match approach where knowing that all your creative endeavors will slowly accumulate to several finished projects, or will benefit your current project in another way.
There is a lot of information out there on how to overcome procrastination. Why not use procrastination for the better. Mix it up. A bit of procrastination may also provide a bit of sanity.
Forms of Productive Procrastination
Writers need to read; it comes with the job description. I read everything related to children’s writing, though when reading book for adults the unproductiveness is seeping in (though really it is still story telling.) And I love procrastinating with a book ON writing.
I love doodling so much, that I joined Doodle Day last year, which is really a year round, doodle a day community. Doodling helps with my illustrations, but there is much more to it as this short TED talk explains.
As writers and illustrators, especially ones that are not able to make a living from our writing, we need to examine our motivations. Ultimately I go back to writing that dratted 36th draft because I love it. I love telling stories, and getting it just right may see it published one day. The problem is when long term goals are far away, the human mind will discount the benefits, or undergo something called Hyperbolic Discounting. This post by Brain Pickings explains it well, but basically giving yourself regular short-term rewards such as procrastinating works.
As I see it networking, online with my writing friends or and socialising face to face, gives me a reward and a concrete push. They make that long term award more immediate, it clarifies my goal, defines it and gives it shape. I usually write with more vigour after attending someone else’s book launch or a conference, or just having lunch and talking writing.
Writing something else
If you are working on non-fiction, write some poetry. If you have a long novel in progress, mix it up with some micro fiction. If you write for young children, write a blog posts for adults (about procrastination perhaps). You are still practicing your craft and you are still being productive.
Contests and Challenges
You are not actually working on your project directly, but it forces you to work on your craft. And they maybe future projects, they may raise your writer’s platform, you may win a prize, and you could learn something.
Other creative outlets such as cooking, baking, dancing, sewing, photography and scrapbooking may also be productive, but be careful that they serve a specific purpose towards your goal, even if sideways.Those photographs may be used as reference shots for an illustration project you have been working towards. But, though those chocolate muffins may inspire an awesome story, really that would just be a happy everyday-living by-product of doing something else and baking muffins does not usually contribute productively towards your goals. Beware of having too many different creative outlets and unbalancing all your efforts.
Of course, all this insanely productive procrastination has to have a balance.
I really like this article by Paul Graham. He makes sense of procrastination, and if it makes sense, it works for me.
“Most people who write about procrastination write about how to cure it. But this is, strictly speaking, impossible. There are an infinite number of things you could be doing. No matter what you work on, you're not working on everything else. So the question is not how to avoid procrastination, but how to procrastinate well.”
See, I told you, makes sense.
What is not Productive Procrastination
Vaccuum cleaning, dusting, sorting laundry, cleaning the toilet, washing the car, mowing the lawn. Whenever those things don’t get done my excuse is: I write, I create, I don’t have time for mundane tasks like that. I am a writing Diva! I usually do household chores with the kids; they learn that the house doesn’t clean itself, hopefully appreciate their mother a bit more and learn some valuable life skills themselves. And do clothes really need to be folded? They'll still fit into the cupboard (if they don't live in the laundry basket).
Be careful not to procrastinate from your Productive Procrastinators, then you'll end up on Sylvia's Liu list of Unproductive Procrastination.
Chu and Choi from Columbia University have identified the difference between active and passive procrastination. Active procrastinators do something productive with their time and enjoy the adrenaline rush of the last minute challenge. While the passive procrastinator lets time slip by and is paralysed by the last minute deadline.
I think that we need to procrastinate, we shouldn't be too scheduled and rigid, stuck in a particular pattern or routine. Let your mind wander, let it of the leash, let it recharge, let it have fun, let it PLAY! Young children learn through play, it doesn't have to end when you are an adult. Don't waste your time, make it count instead.
So, procrastinate productively and in balance. And get rid of that guilt. It is not helping you!
I hope I got you thinking differently about your procrastination habit, maybe you have some Producive Procrastination tips to share. I leave you with these two quotes:
‘Procrastinate now, don’t put it off.’
I do my work at the same time each day - the last minute.
This is the second year I am taking part in Susanna Leonard Hill's Holiday Writing Contest.
Not only does Susanna gather round a lovely community of children's writers to share their stories, she also gives out some pretty awesome prizes.
For this story, which had to be under 350 words, I have done something I have never done before. I wrote a poem.
The Contest: Write a children's story about a Holiday Mishap, mix-up, miscommunication, mistake, or potential disaster. Your story may be poetry or prose, silly or serious or sweet, religious or not, based on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate, but is not to exceed 350 words not counting the title.
by Yvonne Mes
The train runs round and round the track.
The track runs round the tree.
The Angel watches from above
and under it lurks me.
Forget the gifts, I just don’t care.
And Santa Clause can scoot.
An Angel is just heavenly
and celestial to boot.
I want to comb her golden hair.
I need to touch her wings.
I long to pry her slippers off
and take her sparkly rings.
Her Halo dangling from my ear
will make me look a peach.
Her dress would fit my baby doll,
if only I could reach.
I hear the train a-chug-a-chug
go once more round the bend.
‘I know!’ I screech. ‘The train, the train!’
‘Last stop is tree top’s end.’
I ride the train on tinsel track
and whoosh past stars and bells.
The baubels are a coloured blur.
‘Beware’ the Angel yells.
The Angel waves to welcome me.
Or is that flap a ‘shoo’?
I reach for her, she leans right back
I swipe and grab her shoe.
What’s wrong with her why won’t she play
a game of mirth and glee?
I think of times in years gone by
she’s watched out over me.
“Vamoose, thy goose-brained fool”, she screams
and kicks me in the face!
I leap onto a branch and duck
but don’t give up the chase.
The tree now sways from side to side
then with a thud it falls.
It gleams, it glints, it all comes down,
The stars, the bells, the balls.
The train derailed from tinsel track.
The tracks stuck through the tree.
The Angels frowns from underneath
and sprawled across lies me.
PiBoIdMo - Picture Book Idea Month
I was pretty new to everything to do with writing for children this time last year.
One of the first things I came across was Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo and I joined straight away. It was free, easy to use, inspiring and you could even win prizes just by commenting!
Joining PiBoIdMo was the inksplot that spread and filled my empty notebook.
I read all the posts, I noted down my ideas AND I met some awesome kidlit people and became part of an amazing online kidlit community. I read and absorbed and wrote down over 50 ideas! I created my own 'Ideas spreadsheet' and now whenever I am stuck for an idea I have my own growing database of inspiration.
About the blog hop.
Each children's writer who is tagged (and wants to participate) answers four questions about writing, spreads the word about the PiBoIdMo challenge and tags three other children's writers.
I was tagged by Teresa Robeson, who is one of the most versatile children's writers I know and I am honored to share a critique group with her. She writes for children as well as writing Science Fiction, she is an awesome science nerd, she home schools her children and tries to live of the land, if you want to find out more about this inspiring superwoman check out this blog.
1. What am I currently working on?
I work on several manuscripts at a time though they are all for children. Several PB (fiction and biography), 1 MG, PB dummy, short story – I swap and change as I am inspired or need a break from one or the other, and I power through on the one project when I have a (usually self imposed) deadline.
2. How does it differ from other works in the genre?
Some of my stories for children are a bit darker. Most stories differ from each other. I really enjoy writing, I have an idea and follow it, see where it takes me. I like writing for a variety of ages and forms, short story, PB, junior novel. They all have their own challenges. I am totally intimidated by writing poetry for children but would love to learn more about that down the track.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I can’t help it! Maybe to stay in touch with the child inside of me.
I used to love being read to as a child and then reading as I got older. Then later when I worked with children and had my own, reading stories to children was and is my favourite part of the day. To one day have children read or hear my stories, would complete a perfect circle for me.
4. What is the hardest part about writing?
Finding the time to sit down and write uninterrupted. Waking up really early before the kids get up. Typing with a toddler on my lap (or two). Second guessing every story. Playing by the rules. Understanding the industry. Getting a good handle on English grammar (English is not my first language). Striking a balance between writing and social media. Yep, that will do. I could add more ... but, I really love being a writer and illustrator and no matter how hard it feels at times, I will keep on going.
I tagged 4 people (told you I find it hard to play by the rules). Remember these names, they are going to be part of a new wave of children’s writers. I feel privileged to have met (online or in person) each of these inspiring women.
I met Caylie Jeffery during a Brisbane Write Link meeting. I look forward to one day swapping YA stories in one of our critique groups and I have fallen in love with her blog, (including the title) Distractions of a Busy Mother
Caylie started out life as a Nurse and Counsellor, but after a close call with London terrorists, she took a fresh view of the world and sailed around it for two years with her husband. She now lives in Brisbane with her family who keep her on her toes but give her lots to write about! Caylie's many adventures and experiences have made her into a strong, observant and interested woman and she uses Familial Essays on her Blog, Distractions of a Busy Mother, to connect with the greater community. Caylie also works as a freelance writer for a number of publications, and is an emerging author of YA literary fiction. When she's not writing, Caylie can be found in renovating clothes, painting pictures and caring for her family. She has a wonderful circle of extraordinary friends who encourage and support her relentlessly and a growing number of followers to whom she is eternally grateful to for their readership and insight.
I met Sam Sochacka at the Brisbane Write Links group as well. She wowed me with her knowledge when presenting several sessions on social media for authors. She also covered the StoryArt Festival Ipswich AND she writes picture books, what’s not to like!
Sam Sochacka grew up in a world full of adventure - from the books she read, to the farms she lived on, and the beaches where she spent countless days riding the waves and clambering over rocks and sand dunes. She loves cooking, photography and still plays 'I spy with my little eye' when she travels. Sam began working in the world of children's literature in 2011. She loves all that it entails including imaginary worlds, quirky characters, great books, promoting children's literature and reading, amazing people and working with/for children. Sam admits that she is to illustrating as a BBQ skewer is to a blow up castle at a school fete, so she is very much looking forward to collaborating with illustrators who are far more capable than she is.
I met Dani Duck at the 12x12 online community, and we are part of several online illustration groups, it is easy to fall in love with Dani's illustrations.
Dani is a writer/illustrator. She lives with her husband Peter and son David in the outer, outer reaches of the greater Vancouver area. She loves painting in watercolor with ink outlines. Most of her paintings are of anthropomorphic animals. She also loves painting whimsical and fantasy paintings. She recently started selling her artwork on Etsy.
Katrina Stewart is another amazing Brisbane children’s writer and busy mother, we also met up at a Write Links meeting and at the Story Arts Festival Ipswich.
Katrina Stewart is an aspiring children’s author. A former Development Editor at Oxford University Press, Melbourne, she has recently completed Dr Virginia Lowe’s Create a Kids’ Book e-course, receiving a letter of recommendation for her work. Growing up in a small rural town, she has first hand experience of the challenges and joys rural living holds and seeks to share these through her stories, while exploring themes of community, belonging and social awareness.
In September I attended the StoryArts Festival Ipswich. It was amazing, inspiring, at times intimidating, exhilarating, informative, fun, overwhelming and exhausting. And I am rather sad I have to wait two years to experience it all again.
Many thanks to Jenny Stubs and her team from the the Ipswich District Teacher-Librarian Network for pulling it all together.
I almost filled an A5 notebook with notes on all the sessions, but I'll try to keep this post brief.
About the festival:
The festival began in 1995 as the Ipswich Festival of Children’s Literature and has been held every two years since then. The festival offers free sessions for children and low cost sessions for adults and young adults with an interest in children’s literature such as teachers, librarians, and emerging writers and illustrators. The festival aims to increase an awareness of the value of the arts in relation to writing and illustration and help build and maintain increased audiences for children’s literature. We plan to inspire young people to buy and read more books and gain an appreciation of the processes involved in writing and illustrating. We also aim to enthuse teachers and parents about the value of stories and encourage them to promote literature to young people. (from the website)
If you want to read more in depth coverage of the festival check out the excellent blog by roving reporter Sam Sochacka. I was honored to write the blog posts for the Sunday adult program, check them out here.
It wasn't easy picking my favorites but here they are:
My personal highlights
I met many inspiring writers, illustrators and editors and learned something from each; Margaret Hamilton,Leila Rudge, Briony Stewart, Mike Spoor, Leila Rudge, Alison Lloyd, Carole Wilkinson, Meg McKinlay and the awesome Meredith Costain.
One of my favorite moments on Friday was when I got to meet Alison Lester.
Alison gave a great presentation on her CBCA honour book 'Sophie Scott Goes South' and her several trips to Antarctica. During the panel session she shared some of the stories she worked on with Indigenous children in remote communities.
Read more about her presentation here.
Sarah Davis - Illustrator - Sounds Spooky Exhibition
I sat in on two sessions with Sarah Davis. She is a prolific illustrator with a huge range of styles and is amazing to listen to engaging, informative, supportive (though I admit to being a tiny bit intimidated by her intelligence and talent), and a whole lot of fun.
For more information on the Sunday session with Sarah Davis, read more on the StoryArts Festival blog here.
The Ipswich Central Library also had a 'Sounds Spooky' Exhibition showcasing the models of her characters and the models. Sounds Spooky was written by Christopher Cheng and illustrated by Sarah in 3 months!
More about that here.
Meeting Gus Gordon
As soon as I borrowed 'Herman and Rosie' (written and illustrated by Gus Gordon) from the Library, I wanted to get my own copy and I am glad I did.
Gus signed it when we sat at the same table for lunch!
During his session on 'Herman and Rosie', he talked about how he tries to capture the naivety of children's drawings and how people tend to lose touch with this naive story telling ability as they grow up. He discussed other illustrators who have kept in touch with this childlike way of storytelling and how they inspired him.
Read more here.
Gala Dinner at the Mangy Hound Jazz Club
inspired by “Herman & Rosie” by Gus Gordon
What was not to love!
Dinner with a bunch of writers, illustrators and editors in a setting inspired by the Mangy Hound Jazz Club from 'Herman and Rosie'.
Great conversation, crazy dancing, wine flowing, all accompanied by a lovely jazz band.
Read more about the night here.
Sue Whiting from Walker Books and Helen Chamberlan from Windy Hollow Books were on this panel chaired by Mia Macrossan
For a detailed account of this session and some inside information on pitching to editors read my guest blog on the StoryArts Festival blog.
It has been a wonderful couple of weeks in my writing life.
I have just returned from the inspiring StoryArts festival writer's conference (of which I'll post more later). My mind is still spinning with the things I have learned and the people I met.
When I came home I was thrilled to see that my children's short story 'How to Juggle Planets' has been featured on the Kids' Book Review website.
KBR is a voluntary children’s literature and book review site that supports and features authors, illustrators and publishers Australia-wide and internationally.
They cover news, reviews, interviews, articles, guest posts, events, specialist literacy articles and much more, attracting readers from all over the world including teachers, librarians, industry professionals, and of course - parents and kids. They achieve a massive 70,000 hits a month and are one of the most respected literary sites on the web.
(from the website)
Their brand new Literary Hub is full of great resources and still developing. You can also sign up for their newsletter
You can find out more about KBR here.
I have sold my first story!
A few weeks ago I was in a bit of writing slump, feeling sorry for myself and doubting my ability to write. So when I received an acceptance from The School Magazine for a short story that I submitted over 6 months ago I nearly burst into tears, relieved that someone had actually read my stories and wanted to publish it in a magazine, and not just any magazine! It was the first short story I wrote as part of my course and the only short story I ever submitted. You can read more about it here.
By now I have heard and read so much about how hard it is to make money from your writing that I wasn't expecting to make any money from my writing, ever. That writer's conference I mentioned earlier also had a pretty cool little mobile bookshop. Guess where I spent my first writing paycheck.
About the School Magazine (from their website):
The School Magazine has been published by the NSW Department of Education since 1916 and is currently part of the NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre within the Department of Education and Communities.
The secret of its enduring success is its quality and its ability to engage young readers.
A small in-house team compiles 40 magazines each and every year, drawing on the skills of the finest writers and illustrators in Australia and world-wide.
You can find out more about The School Magazine here.
The most comprehensive Onomatopoeia resource online!
Conceived by: Kristen Fulton
Contributors: Myself and many others (see cover).
When I first started writing for children, the word Onomatopoeia kept tripping me up (It IS a pain to spell).
I found out what it meant:
noun [mass noun]
But it wasn't easy to find any resources that dealt with Onomatopoeia exclusively.
The same happened to Kristen Fulton, but she also had the great idea of putting together this fantastic resource. In June 2013 she quickly put out the call for contributors. I could immediately see the benefits to writers so I had to get involved . In a few months Kristen transformed all our contributions into this very attractive and comprehensive little book.
My contributions focused on the City Sounds and People Sounds section of the resource specifically.
Many of the contributors are children's writers. Picture book stories and short stories for children often feature onomatopoeia and rely on sounds to make the story engaging and fun. Sounds can be poetic, funny or grating, but they all help immerse the reader in the story. As a parent or carer reading these stories out loud gives you the chance to put all your dramatics into your voice and a young child a chance to join in.
Here are some examples of picture books featuring onomatopoeia I found while quickly going through my shelf:
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Rattletrap Car by Phyllis Root
I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track by Joshua Prince
And here is an example of one of my favourites, The Rain Train by Elena de Roo:
The wail of the wind, the sway of the train
The strum of the wheels, to the beat of the rain
A pitter-pat-pat, a pitter-pat-pat
Open up any comic book and I dare you NOT to find an example of onomatopoeia! Kapow, Boom, Bang, Zoom!
This resource has been put together by many contributors, listed on the cover. Copies may only be downloaded from their individual websites or be produced or shared by them only for your personal use.
Here are those contributors again:
Marice Atkins Sabrina Marchal
Tanja Bauerle Joanna Marple
Margaret Chiu Greanias Yvonne Mes
Sue Frye Saba Negash
Kristen Fulton Susan Rankin-Pollard
Christine Irvin Teresa Robeson
Elaine Kiely Kearns Donna L. Sadd
What is your favourite picture book story featuring Onomatopoeia?
Melanie Hill, Yvonne Mes, Tania Cox, Rebecca Sheraton
In honour of Book Week 2013 The Children’s Book Council of Australia Qld Branch held a dinner last Friday, the 16th of August, for the announcement of the Book of the Year Awards and the Dame Annabelle Rankin Award.
A great way to get an insight into the world of children’s literature in Australia.
Write Link buddies Melanie Hill, Rebecca Sheraton and I made up the delegation of newbie writers/ kidlit groupies.
A few of the things I learned:
To find out more about CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2013 winners check here.
And I did my research: the winner of the Dame Annabelle Rankin Award is Judith Russell. She is the teacher-librarian at Mt Gravatt SHS and the Qld rep for the May Gibbs Trust. Her passion and advocacy for children's literature is amazing.
Cover by Kelly McDonald
I am very excited to be part of and announce the release of:
Teapot Tales: A Collection of Unique Fairy Tales
or maybe the heading should be:
Look, I'm Published!
This anthology features over 30 short stories based on traditional fairy tales or have been created specifically for this anthology by members of the Chapter Book Challenge.
A print version of the books should be available in October.
My story, Tom Thumb in Hot Water, starts where the traditional fairy tale ended and is suitable for young children.
A warning: some stories are not suitable for young children and are deliciously scary.
Rebecca Fyfe from the Chapter Book Challenge has been the driving force behind this project and pulled everything together. She has made it seem effortless, was able to answer anyone's questions and not once did she lose her cool. I think I want to be like her when I grow up.
Proceeds will be used to fund the fabulous Chapter Book Challenge.
I also contributed a cover for Teapot Tales, I was pretty pleased with it, but missed out this time.
I love the cover design by Kelly McDonald, it has mystery and intrigue and you just have to open it up and see what stories will follow.
The book is available on Amazon. Click here for the USA version or UK version.
It is going to be a busy month for Children's Authors and Illustrators around Brisbane. I know it will be for me, I will be attending my first writing conference in September, StoryArts Festival Ipswich, and will be attending many of the following events.
Here are some of the incredible events taking place in August and September, and you are not too late to book in for most of these:
And what an excuse to buy a new notebook, sketchbook, a pen and paints. Ooh yeah!
CBCA Dine with the stars!!
The Children's Book Council of Australia Qld Branch will be hosting a dinner. Dine with the stars! Ten authors and illustrators will be sharing your table. Stephen Axelsen, Chris Bongers, Steph Bowe, Peter Carnavas, Sherryl Clark, Tania Cox, Brian Falkner, Lucia Masciullo, James Moloney, and Judith Rossell.
Friday, August 16th 6pm - 9.30pm
Picture Book Workshop with Sherryl Clark
SCBWI in collaboration with Book Links Qld brings an exciting opportunity for creators interested in writing picture books. Suits developing writers and also more experienced authors wanting to access Sherryl's vast experience, skills and knowledge.
Sunday, August 18th 12 - 5pm
SCBWI Qld networking meeting: Gold Coast area
Saturday, August 24th
Write Links - Creating Kids' Books - Professional Development and Critique Group
Guests this month:
Pamela Rushby talks about how to pitch your book.
Mia Macrossan, Judge of the CBCA Awards shares Books of the Year Award insights.
The group started this year and meets monthly at the State Library Queensland to network. Hosted by Book Links Qld. For more information please contact Book Links Qld or contact me.
Saturday, August 31st 1pm
StoryArts Festival Ipswich - Festival of Children's Literature
There is a Children's Program and an Adult's Program. The Adult's program takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 13 - 14 September.
Not only is this a fantastic opportunity for writers and teachers this program also features several workshops with and for illustrators.
Workshops are available with: Margaret Hamilton, Alison Lester, Gus Gordon, Leila Rudge, Sarah Davis, Dee Huxley, Mike Spoor, Lucia Masciullo, Briony Stewart, Mark Carthew, Alison Lloyd, Carole Wilkinson, Meg McKinlay, Leila Rudge, Leonie Norrington, Meredith Costain, Maureen McCarthy, Tanya Batt.
There are still some spots available for your appointment with professional editors, Helen Chamberlin (Windy Hollow Books) and/ or Sue Whiting (Walker Books). But appointments are filling up fast.
September 9 - 17
Have I missed any events for children's authors and illustrators in August or September? Please let me know.
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