The annual CWILL BC/VPL Getting Started in Children’s Books panel is coming up on March 10, 2014, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m at the Vancouver Public Library, Central Library, Alice Mackay Room (that’s the lower meeting room under the atrium in the main library branch in downtown Vancouver).
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.
It’s the same great event CWILL BC holds every year, but it now has a brand new name: Writing & Illustrating Kids’ Books: The Inside Story.
This is a great opportunity to learn about the children’s publishing industry from published authors and illustrators. And to top it all off, it’s a free event.
This year’s panelists have published a ton of books between them and have had a lot of experience in the kid lit publishing world. Here’s a bit of info on them:
Dianna Bonder cannot recall a time when she wasn’t drawing or writing stories. She has illustrated and written over 13 books and has several more in the works. Dianna lives on Gabriola Island with her two daughters, two cats, two dogs and a rabbit.
Rie Charles worked with families in the various crises of their lives. She now translates this fascination with people’s narratives into books for young people. She has one published, No More Dragons, with a second, A Hole in My Heart, due in 2014.
Gina McMurchy-Barber received the Governor General’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Canadian History. Her books for kids and teens have been nominated the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Canadian Library Association Book Award and the BC Book Prize. She is currently working on a new novel for her archaeology adventure series.
Ann Walsh first book, Your Time, My Time, called a “Canadian classic,” was published in 1984, followed by four more novels set during BC’s gold rush and three anthologies of YA stories. Her newest book deals with restorative justice and how going through that process affects a young girl’s life.
Irene Watts is a playwright and author who writes in a variety of genres. Her most recent books are Touched by Fire and Escape from Berlin. Irene is the recipient of the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction and Bologna’s White Raven Award. She is currently writing text for a graphic novel.
Janet Whyte is the author of three novels for young people (Charlie, Charlie on Tour, and Rescue Rider), plus a chapter book, non-fiction, and short stories. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing and a diploma in Library and Information Technology.
Ellen Schwartz (moderator) is the award-winning author of 16 books for children, from picture books to early chapter books to teen novels and non-fiction. Ellen teaches writing for children at Douglas College. Her latest novel, The Case of the Missing Deed, won the Rocky Mountain Book Award.