Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Online Writing Kid Lit course, Wednesday evenings Oct 12 – Dec 7

Why Don't Cars Run on Apple Juice
by guest speaker Kira Vermond

Writing Kid Lit

Picture Books to Young Adult Novels

Online: Wednesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Oct 12 – Dec 7, 2022 {Or to Dec 14 if the course fills up}
Offered online and accessible from anywhere there's internet 

See details of all weekly writing courses offered this fall here.

This course is for adults {or teens} interested in writing picture books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade books, or Young Adult novels. This course is accessible for beginners and meaty enough for advanced writers. Through lectures, in-class assignments, homework, and feedback on your writing, we’ll give you ins and outs of writing for younger readers and set you on course toward writing your own books.

Guest speaker Lana Button grew up in the tiny border town of St. Stephen, New Brunswick. She has a background in acting and is an early childhood educator.

Lana has nine published picture books, with Kids Can Press, Owlkids, Tundra, and Pajama Press, including her latest,  Tayra’s NOT Talking (Kids Can Press – see here), The Cow Said Boo (see here), and Tough Like Mum (see here). She has a picture book coming in spring 2023 called Percy’s Perfect Friend (Pajama Press) and her board book, Stay, My Baby (Orca) is coming in 2023. Lana also has picture books coming with Scholastic and with Tundra in 2024.

Lana’s picture book Tough Like Mum was recently awarded the Crystal Kite Award and was highlighted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Toronto Star. Her picture books have been shortlisted for awards including The Blue SpruceThe Shining Willow, the Jean Throop IODE Award and the Rainforest of Reading, and have been recognized as Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Bets and the IBBY Outstanding Book for Young Children.

Find out more about Lana and her books at www.lanabutton.com and connect with her on social media on Twitter @LanaButton and Instagram lanabutton.

Kira Vermond is an award-winning writer with over 2,000 articles to her name. She has been a frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, CBC and Today's Parent.

Kira is the author of seven nonfiction books for young readers:  Trending: How and Why Stuff Gets Popular, which recently won the Yellow Cedar Award (more here); Why Does  My Shadow Follow Me? (see hereand Why Don’t Cars Run on Apple Juice (more here); Half-Truths and Brazen Lies (more here);  Why We Live Where We Live (more here);  Growing Up: Inside and Out (nominated for an Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading Award); and The Secret Life of Money: A Kid's Guide to Cash, which was my son’s and daughter’s favourite book  the year it came out, although my kids are four years apart.

Instructor Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada's most popular blog for writers, taught creative writing at Ryerson University (now Toronto Metropolitan University) and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Saint John. Brian is the author of a children's version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Tribute Publishing). But his proudest boast is that he’s has helped many of his students get published.  

Read reviews of Brian's various courses and workshops here (and scroll down).

Fee: $176.11 plus 13% hst = $199

To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See all of Brian’s upcoming weekly writing classes, one-day workshops, and weekend retreats here.

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