Our panel of esteemed Canadian children's authors, Sylvia McNicoll, Jennifer Mook-Sang, and Karen Bass, share their thoughts on some of the industry's most important questions:
- How hard is it to write a picture book and do you have to draw pictures to illustrate your story?
- What kind of lessons should a novel teach a young reader?
- Do you need to hire an editor?
- Do you need an agent? And how do you find one?
- Can you make a living writing?
Come prepared with tough questions for our expert panel and learn their perspectives on how to build a successful career writing for children.
About the Presenters
Karen Bass writes for young adults and has twice won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction (Uncertain Soldier and Graffiti Knight). Her newest novel, Blood Donor, is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard book and a Crime Writers of Canada 2022 Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book finalist. She loves to write action and adventure. Blood Donor is her first thriller.
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Sylvia McNicoll is an award-winning children's writer of over twenty books, has taught creative writing at Sheridan College and for eight years edited Today's Parent Toronto. Currently she teaches part time at Mississauga Living Arts and offers mentoring services to emerging writers
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Jennifer Mook-Sang, author of Speechless and Captain Monty Takes the Plunge, was born in Guyana and moved to Canada at the age of fourteen. She didn't consider writing until she began reading stories to her own kids. Those books were so much fun and so clever that creating one seemed like the best thing anyone could do.
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Presented in partnership with The Canada Council and The Writers’ Union of Canada