Writing for Children: Picture Book Primer
Baxter Arts Centre
3 Stanley St, Bloomfield, ON K0K 1G0, Canada
You've got great stories! And family members love them! Can you turn them into a picture book - and get it published?
In this fun workshop, you'll learn about what makes a picture book work. You'll learn how to turn an idea into a professionally crafted book, and how to go about finding a publisher for it (when the time comes!) You will also work on actual projects (bring your story ideas!), get works-in-progress critiques and come away with the bones of your very own picture book text.
Helaine Becker is the bestselling author of more than 80 books for children, including the #1 Canadian national bestseller, A Porcupine in a Pine Tree, and the internationally bestselling picture book biography, Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13. Helaine’s award-winning books for children include Sloth at the Zoom, You Can Read, The Ode to Underwear, Worms for Breakfast, Zoobots, Hubots, Monster Science and Lines, Bars and Circles: How William Playfair Invented Graphs. She’s a multi-time winner of the Silver Birch Award and Lane Anderson Award for Science Writing, and winner of the Canadian Picture Book of the Year Award from the Canadian Booksellers Association. Eight forthcoming titles – picture books and nonfiction for kids – are currently under contract with Henry Holt Publishers, Groundwood Books, Scholastic Canada, Kids Can Press and Owlkids Books.
Helaine has been a keynote speaker at the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Canadian conference, CANSCAIP’s Packaging Your Imagination conference, and the CCBC Writing for Children seminar. She talks about books and writing to students and general audiences across North America and internationally, with appearances at the World Science Festival (NYC), Tucson Book Festival, Vancouver Writers Festival Blue Met Festival (Montreal) and the Toronto International Festival of Authors. She also has served as a judge for the New Brunswick Picture Book Award, Burlington Library Children’s Writing Contest and Innisfil Library Student Writing Contest.
Helaine volunteers regularly for brain research and for literacy organizations including First Book. She’s also a certified pyrotechnician, so expect fireworks at any time. helainebecker.com