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Book Passage Children's Writers and Illustrators Conference
Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 12:00 PM - Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 3:00 PM (PDT)
Corte Madera, CA
June 14-17, 2012 - Corte Madera, CA
Learn the Skills and Make the Connections to Write, Illustrate & Publish Books for Children & Young Adults!
Book Passage Bookstore proudly announces the 6th annual Book Passage Children's Writers and Illustrators Conference. Both writers and illustrators of children's, young adult, and teen literature from across the country will convene at Book Passage in Corte Madera, California, just a short drive across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, June 14-17, 2012.
This year's participants will spend four event-filled days in beautiful Northern California writing, workshopping, networking, and perfecting their craft with a celebrated faculty featuring prize-winning authors and illustrators including Gennifer Choldenko (Newberry Honor Book Al Capone Does My Shirts), Kathryn Otoshi (Zero, One), Annie Barrows (Ivy and Bean series, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society), and Katherine Applegate (Animorphs series).
The conference will cover all aspects of writing and illustrating for children and young readers, from sharpening your skills and completing your manuscript, to collaborating and finding the right agent and publisher. Participants will work directly with and receive advice from top professionals in the industry, including agents, editors, and publishers who will share market trends and insider tips and advice.
The conference is designed to meet the differing needs of those who write or illustrate for specific age groups.
Participants will spend mornings in workshop sessions focused on their area of emphasis, such as writing for picture books, early readers, young adult books or illustration. Afternoons will present a choice of panels, such as working with editors or marketing and promotion.
There will be many opportunities for faculty and participants to talk, laugh, and exchange ideas in workshops, lunches, and at evening events. Participants and faculty will dine together outdoors in the glorious spring weather the first evening, while subsequent evenings will allow for optional excursions to an array of outstanding dining options that the Bay Area is so well-known for.
Alumna Nancy Coopersmith says, "The whole conference was wonderful; well-planned and well-executed. A wonderful assemblage of writers, illustrators, agents, editors and publishers we would never otherwise have had the chance to meet, under one roof.”
Conference faculty includes agents: Laurie McLean (Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency), Amy Rennert (The Amy Rennert Agency); publishers’ representatives: Shirin Yim Bridges (Goosebottom Books); editors: Summer Dawn Laurie, Amy Novesky; authors and illustrators: Andrea Alban, Katherine Applegate, Annie Barrows, Gennifer Choldenko, Ying Compestine, Michael Grant, Brian McMullen, Kathryn Otoshi, Lissa Rovetch, Pam van Hylckama Vlieg
The cost of the four-day Conference is $475. Optional 30-minute private consultations are available for $95. For complete details, a full schedule, faculty list, and accommodations, please visit the conference homepage on the Web at www.bookpassage.com/childrens-writers-illustrators-conference. You may also contact Conference Coordinator, Kathryn Petrocelli, by phone at (415) 927-0960 ext. 239, or email email@example.com.
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"You were very helpful and encouraging to me both during and after the 2009 Children's Writers & Illustrators Conference. I connected with a wonderful illustrator—Ji Young Lee—who also attended the conference, and we published a picture book of one of my stories, Marcie's Daffodil. It came out from Xlibris in December of 2010, and has been enthusiastically received wherever people have seen it." –Autumn Stanley
What People Are Saying
Gennifer Choldenko, author of Al Capone Does My Shirts, says, "I’m not sure I would have ever been published if I hadn’t attended conferences like this one. It’s one of the few opportunities that allow you to pick the brains of writers who are actually making a living in this profession."
The author of Anya's War, Andrea Alban says, "The authors bond through lively discussion of the writing life. I head back to my studio more inspired to write."
When & Where
Book Passage Bookstore
Book Passage has served the Bay Area for more than 30 years, providing the community with an array of author events, writing and language classes, and highly-respected, annual conferences. A New York Times-reporting bookstore, we offer a wide variety of books ranging from children’s literature to travel guides, from top-selling fiction to mystery novels, and we continue to work diligently with community and nonprofit organizations. Book Passage has two stores, one in Corte Madera and a second in the San Francisco Ferry Building.
Locations & Hours
51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925
(415) 927-0960 or (800) 999-7909
Café (415) 927-1503
9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Monday through Sunday
1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111
9:00 am to 8:00 pm, Monday through Friday
8:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday
9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Sunday