Ink Well Vancouver Workshops – Spring 2019

Registration is now open for Ink Well Vancouver’s spring 2019 Working Writer Series:

The Voice: Kidlit Edition
Saturday January 26, 9:15 to 11:45 am
Location: Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (2305 W 7th Ave, Vancouver)

Harriet the Spy. Adrian Mole. Even Mo Willem’s Pigeon! We remember children’s book characters long after we’ve turned the final pages. So how do we make our own creations so vividly real? In this workshop, we’ll dig deep into the craft of creating memorable voices through perspective, dialogue, body language, subtext, and more. Cost: $60.00

Epistolary in an emoji world
Saturday February 23, 9:15 to 11:45 am
Location: Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (2305 W 7th Ave, Vancouver)

Why stick to plain old paragraphs? In this workshop, we’ll have some fun with form, experimenting with texts, emails, verse and more! We’ll also tackle the question of how to make your writing modern and relevant without succumbing to slang and dated cultural references. You’ll leave ready to tackle the world of children’s books in new and unexpected ways. Cost: $60.00

All the Feels
Saturday April 27, 9:15 to 11:45 am
Location: Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (2305 W 7th Ave, Vancouver)

Our favourite books can make us laugh out loud or stain pages with our tears. Sometimes they can even do both! In this workshop, we’ll explore how master children’s writers infuse their stories with humour and tragedy, and how we can achieve the delicate balance of both emotions. Get ready to feel the feels! Cost: $60.00

Contact Ink Well Vancouver to register or ask questions!



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Are you interested in writing or illustrating books for young readers?

Then we’ve got the event for you!

CWILL BC is partnering with the Vancouver Public Library to put on a FREE event for the public.

Join seven professional children’s authors and illustrators to find out how they broke into this exciting and competitive field and built their careers. 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
  • What the financial rewards are.


7 pm
Tuesday, January 29, 2019


Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Rooms 919 and 920, Level 9


CWILL authors and illustrators attending the event are:

  • K.L. Denman
  • Lori Sherritt-Fleming
  • Ellen Schwartz
  • Kari Rust
  • Jane Whittingham
  • Claire Lordon
  • Nancy Vo

Meet the authors and get a book signed starting at 6:30!

We hope to see you there!


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Kidsbooks champions CWILL at CBC’s 2018 Food Bank Day

Phyllis Simon of Kidsbooks kindly donated three bags of books to CBC Vancouver’s 2018 Open House & Food Bank Day on Friday, December 7th! The bags, each worth $200, were grouped for: 1) Babies and preschoolers; 2) Elementary school kids, and; 3) Teens and adults.

“I have selected BC authors and illustrators only as I wanted to celebrate and highlight what a remarkable community we have here in BC!” Phyllis said. “I tried to select as many different books as I could so that the BC authors and illustrators would get the exposure they so richly deserve.”

Many thanks, Phyllis, for all you do!

— Vancouver Kidsbooks & CWILL BC

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Book Launch: The Princess Dolls

princessdolls.jpgJoin author Ellen Schwartz as she celebrates the release of her latest book, The Princess Dolls.

When: 1:30 pm, Saturday, December 1, 2018
Where: Nikkei National Museum, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC

Ellen and illustrator Mariko Ando will have a table at the Nikkei Christmas Boutique and will be doing a short presentation on the book at 1:30.

All are welcome! Find out more about the boutique here.

About the Book

Vancouver, 1942. When best friends Esther and Michiko spot the beautiful Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret dolls—in vogue at the time—in the local toy store window, they long to get the dolls for their shared birthday. But when Esther receives the doll and Michiko doesn’t, their friendship starts to unravel.

The story is set against the backdrop of an atmosphere of increasing hostility and racist attacks upon the Japanese community—culminating in the Internment.

As the story opens, restrictions on Japanese Canadians are increasing. Then Michiko and her family are sent away. With such enormous barriers erected between them, Esther and Michiko are left to their own devices as to how to mend their friendship.

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Jewelry, wands, and masks: creating characters through costume

Between the Cracks of Here and There

I spent the last few weeks as an artist-in-residence at a school for particularly awesome teens. It’s a specialized school with only fifty students and, since this is my third or fourth stint there, I’ve had the opportunity to really get to know the kids.

For this term, I decided to embrace the Halloween season and have the students imagine character through intensive costume and prop-building. As an instructor, this is a challenge because no one is doing the same thing. That means there’s not a lot of demonstrations on my part, but a whole lot of problem-solving.

This means finding the right type of material for each student’s individual project and then helping them build what’s in their imaginations.

The Theme

We loosely chose the theme of superheroes, though many students decided to lean towards a fantasy or steampunk design.

Over the last few weeks, they drew, painted, sculpted…

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Danielle S. Marcotte Book Signing – October 27th, 2018

Announcing a book signing event for Scamper and the Airplane Thief by Danielle S. Marcotte! Everyone is invited to meet the author:

Saturday, October 27th, 2018 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Black Bond Books in Ladner
Trenant Park Square | 5251 Ladner Trunk Road

— Danielle S. Marcotte

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