Friday, March 17, 2017

Painted Words literary agency represent Picture Books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult and Graphic Novels, seeks authors and illustrators

La clé à molette, by Montreal author-illustrator
(and winner of a Governor General's Award)
Elise Gravel, represented by Painted Words
Painted Words

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Painted Words is a small New York based agency specializing in Kid Lit, picture books to young adult, and representing both authors and illustrators.

Lori Nowicki is the founder of Painted Words. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education and worked extensively as a teacher and specialist in public schools for ten years prior to starting her agency. She has brought her background in education to the field of publishing—representing illustrators since 1992.

Lori is currently seeking chapter books, graphic novels, unique, offbeat picture books, and biographies told with a fresh approach. She is looking for authors who are interested in collaborating with our illustrators on new projects.

For picture book manuscripts, please paste the text in the body of your email.  For Chapter Books, MG or YA submissions, please paste the first 10 pages in the body of the email. 

Claire Easton joined Painted Words in 2012 as an Editorial Assistant to Lori and worked her way up to Agent. She is seeking author-illustrated picture books, but also considers the occasional Middle Grade and Young Adult book.

For picture books, she loves humorous character-driven stories; entertaining non-fiction;  timeless stories that can be enjoyed at any age; and books that empower kids and speak to the diversity of children’s experiences. For MG and YA, she likes strong narrative voices, quirky coming-of-age stories, and books that incorporate graphic or illustrative elements.

For picture books, please include the full manuscript or book dummy (if an attachment is over 5 MB, please send a link). For MG and YA, please send a synopsis and the first 10 pages of your manuscript.

Note: Brian Henry will lead a Writing and Revising workshop Saturday, March 25, in Toronto (see here).

Literary agent Sue Miller will be the
guest speaker at How to Get Published,
April 22 in Midland 
He'll will lead Writing for Children & for Young Adult workshops on Saturday, April 1, in Windsor (see here), on Saturday, May 13, in Caledon at the Bolton Library with Yasemin Uçar, senior Editor at Kids Can Press and author Jennifer Mook-Sang (see here), and on Saturday, May 27, in St. Catharines with Anne Shone, senior editor at Scholastic Books (see here). Brian will also be leading a weekly Kid Lit class, Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, in Mississauga (see here).
Note: For updated listings of Writing for Children & for Young adult workshops and for weekly Kid lit classes, see here (and scroll down).

Also, Brian will lead a How to Get Published workshop on Saturday, April 22, in Midland, with literary agent Sue Miller (see here).
Note: For updated postings of current How to Get Published workshops here (and scroll down).

And don't miss the June in Algonquin Writing Retreat, Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4 or Monday, June 5. Details here.

For more information or to reserve a spot in any Saturday workshop or weekly course, email:

This spring – starting soon! – Brian will offer a full range of classes from beginner to advanced:

The Best Mistake Mystery by Sylvia McNicoll,
who will be one of the guest speakers at the
Writing Kid Lit course
Welcome to Creative Writing, Monday evenings, April 10 – June 19, Burlington Details here.
Writing Personal Stories, Thursday afternoons, April 27 – June 15, Burlington Details here.
Writing Kid Lit, Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, Mississauga. Details here.
Intermediate Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, April 12 – June 14, starts by email April 5, Burlington. Details Details here.
Intermediate Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, April 13 – June 15, starts by email April 6, Georgetown. Details here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, April 11 – June 13, starts by email April 4, Burlington. Details here.
Extreme Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, April 5 – June 21, starts by email March 29, Burlington. Details here.

Details of all seven classes offered this spring here.

For more information or to register for any of the above, email:
Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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