Friday, June 14, 2024

You're invited to an online Kid Lit workshop with Nan Froman of Groundwood Books

The Prisoner and the Writer
by Heather Camlot, illustrated by Sophie Carson
published by Groundwood

“Writing for Children and for Young Adults”

~ with guest Nan Froman, Editorial Director at Groundwood Books

Sunday, September 22, 2024
 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.

Special option: Participants 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.

Nan 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. Get your pages in early if you want to be part of this. If you’re not currently working on a children’s story, don’t worry, we’ll get you started! ~Brian

Guest speaker Nan Froman is the Editorial Director at Groundwood Books, an independent Canadian children's publisher that is part of House of Anansi Press. Groundwood publishes literary picture books, fiction, poetry, nonfiction and graphic novels from Canada and around the world.

Groundwood is home to ground-breaking books and award-winning authors and illustrators, such as Deborah Ellis, Marie-Louise Gay, Isabelle Arsenault, Sydney Smith and Jillian Tamaki among many others. 

As editorial director, Nan participates in the list-planning, acquisitions and development of Groundwood’s publishing program, which consists of about twenty-five new titles a year. She acquires and edits picture books, along with some nonfiction. Nan lives in Toronto. 

Workshop 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.

Read reviews and reflections on Brian’s retreats, classes and workshops here.

Fee: $45.13 + 13% hst = $51 paid in advance by mail or Interac

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

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