and for Young Adults
~ The world’s hottest market
~ Editor at Orca Books
1:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom and accessible wherever there’s Internet
If you want
to write the next best-selling children’s books or just
want to create stories for your own kids, this workshop is for you. Learn how
to write stories kids and young adults will love and find out what you need to
know to sell your book. This is your chance to speak with someone within a
publishing company in a small group setting and to pull back the curtain and
see how it all works. Be sure to bring your questions – we'll have
lots of time for interaction.
are invited to submit the opening couple pages (first 500 words) of your
children’s book or young adult novel (or up to 800 words if that gets you to
the end of your picture book or to the end of your first chapter). Email
your pages to me prior to our workshop. Sarah and I will publicly critique
about half a dozen submissions so everyone can see what works, what doesn’t,
and how to improve your story-telling. If you’re not currently working on
a children’s story, don’t worry, we’ll get you started! ~Brian
speaker Sarah Howden is
an editor with Orca Books, an independently owned Canadian children’s book
publisher. She started out at HarperCollins Publishers just over fifteen years
ago, as an editorial assistant, moved on to become the managing editor at
Owlkids, then worked as a freelance editor before coming to Orca in 2022.
With over 1,000 titles in print
and more than 80 new titles a year, Orca prides itself on publishing Canadian
authors (almost exclusively) and bringing them to a wider market.
Sarah’s focus is picture books,
early chapter books and middle grade fiction. She especially likes slightly
offbeat points of view, humour with heart, and writing that has a strong
narrative voice. She’s looking for manuscripts that feel fresh, original, and
authentic – and if your work reflects your often-unheard perspective, all the
Sarah is also an author of children’s books, including Cone Dog and Cone Cat, The Tunnel (all from OwlKids), and Five-Minute Stories for Fearless Girls (HarperCollins), plus several I Can Read Books (Harper Kids). She lives in Toronto with her family and their two goofball cats.
Read more about Orca Books here.
leader Brian Henry has been a book editor, author, and creative writing instructor
for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most
popular blog for writers and is the author of a children’s version of Dr.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Tribute Publishing Inc). But his proudest
boast is that he’s has helped many of his students get published.
reviews of Brian’s classes and workshops here.
Fee: $45.13 +
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a spot now, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
See all of Brian’s upcoming weekly writing classes, one-day workshops,
and weekend retreats here.