The annual CWILL BC/VPL Writing & Illustrating Kids’ Books panel is coming up on March 2, 2015, 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.
This is a great opportunity to learn about the children’s publishing industry from published authors and illustrators. And it’s a free event.
This year’s well-published and informative panelists are:
Claire Eamer is a self-confessed science geek who writes about science for kids and adults. Her most recent book, Before the World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science, won the Lane Anderson Award for Science Writing in Canada. She also writes un-science-y fantasy stories for kids.
Kallie George is an author, editor, and speaker living in Vancouver. Her most recent book is Clover’s Luck, Book 1 in The Magical Animal Adoption Agency series. When she is not writing or editing, she’s teaching creative writing workshops.
Silvana Goldemberg is an award-winning Argentine-Canadian author of numerous books and magazines published in Spanish and English throughout the Americas. Her YA novel Victoria (Tradewind Books) was distinguished by BC Book Prizes as one of five outstanding books for children by a British Columbia author published in 2013.
Sara Leach is the author of five books for children, including the Red Cedar award-winning Count Me In and Warm Up, which is part of the Orca Limelights series. She is a teacher-librarian who lives in Whistler.
Sheri Radford is the editor of two magazines and spends her days wresting with commas, taming adjectives, and banishing adverbs. As the author of several silly, award-winning books for children, she spends her evenings playing, imagining, and creating. She lives in Vancouver with her messy husband and two even messier cats.
Mark David Smith has written freelance articles for marketing and travel companies and poetry for adults, and is the former editor of an independent arts journal, Plumb. He is married with three children, and teaches English to high school students in Burnaby. Caravaggio: Signed in Blood is his first novel.
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.