Interested in writing or illustrating books for young readers? Join seven professional children’s authors and illustrators at this free public event to find out how they broke into this exciting and competitive field and how they built their careers. Audience members will have a chance to ask questions and get practical information on such topics as how to improve your writing, how to find a publisher and submit your work, what agents do, what to look for in a book contract and what the financial rewards are.
Monday February 23
7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level
350 West Georgia Street
Ellen Schwartz (moderator) is the award-winning author of 12 books for children, ranging from picture books to early chapter books to teen non-fiction. Her first young adult novel will be out in 2010. Ellen also teaches writing for children courses.
Fiona Bayrock is the author of Bubble Homes and Fish Farts (Charlesbridge 2009), 14 other science books for education and specialty markets, and 60+ stories and poems in children’s magazines such as Highlights for Children, YES Mag, KNOW, and Odyssey. Her work is also included in various educational databases and featured in the Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market.
Leslie Buffam spent over 20 years as a British and Canadian History instructor with the B.C Open University. Her first book, The West is Calling: Imagining British Columbia, co-written with Sarah Harvey, recently came out with Orca Books, and she has another forthcoming project with Orca. Leslie also works as a bookseller at Vancouver Kidsbooks.
Shar Levine is an internationally award-winning, best-selling author of children’s science books and science toys/kits. With her writing partner, Leslie Johnstone, Shar has written over 65 books and was co-recipient of the prestigious 2006 Eve Savory Award for Science Communication from the BC Innovation Council. Shar has two hands-on science graphic novels due out in 2009, along with a number of other science books and kits.
Maxwell Newhouse excelled in art from a young age and received training at the Vancouver School of Art. He is known for his lively, detailed, whimsical folk art paintings. He has illustrated two picture books and both written and illustrated three others, all with Tundra Books. Max’s art has been displayed in galleries in British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and Ontario.
Lois Peterson‘s adult short stories, personal essays and articles were published internationally for more than 20 years before she turned to writing for children. Her first published kids’ novel is Meeting Miss 405 (Orca Books, 2008); she has several others in the works. Lois also presents writing and storytelling workshops for adults and children.
Nikki Tate is the award-winning author of 18 books for young people. Her newest title is Venom, a hi-interest, low-vocabulary novel for teens in the Orca Sports series (spring 2009). Nikki also works as a writing workshop leader and professional storyteller. She makes her home on a tiny farm on Vancouver Island, where she shares her life with a collection of furred and feathered friends.