This page-similar to a blog, but NOT a blog (at least right now) is about my experiences and progress in the picture book writing field. I have included links to pages or websites that I have found informative and helpful to those who are interested…
The past year has been a crazy and hectic one. I am finally nearing the end of my studies, with only one semester to go. I bough a ticket to the Sydney Illustrator Showcase and I am excited to be a part of it! Now - to work!
Attended the opening of Paperbird, a children's specialist book store in Fremantle and had a work included in the Illustrator Exhibition with fellow SCBWI West members!
I have attended my first SCBWI West Conference at Rottnest and met some amazing creative people and was able to take part in a workshop with Bruce Whatley and Libby Gleeson!
Attended the International Writers Conference in Perth. I was lucky to be involved in an Illustrator workshop with Yasmeen Ismail. I found her to be a great lecturer, and now have some homework to do to add to my portfolio!
I have signed up for Julie Hedlunds 12x12 Picture Book Challenge! The aim is to write 12 Picture Book drafts in 12 months. So far, so good!
Revise, Revise, Revise! With Meg Miller at ReViMo. All manuscripts need to be revised and Meg Miller is fantastic for ensuring that some time gets allocated for it! Posts are revealed each day to help motivate and inspire! I managed to work on 2 manuscripts that ended up being written again from scratch- but they resulted in significant improvements!
PiBoIdMo with Tara Lazar. How many Picture Book ideas can you generate in 30 days?? I reached 41. There were many fantastic guest bloggers imparting their wisdom. Now comes the challenge of transforming those ideas into manuscripts!
I attended Summer School with the amazing Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Kami Kinard at Nerdy Chicks Rule as teachers. This was a fantastic resource about character development, complete with exercises to assist in the process!
Participated in Summer Sparks, an online writing challenge with Tracey M.Cox. It was here that I had some great SPARKS for future stories. Thanks Tracey!
Was invited to join a local writing group called the Write Club- thanks ladies!
Attended my first SCWBI (Society of Children's Book Writer's and Illustrators)West conference – where I had the opportunity to participate in a Masterclass with the amazing Alison Lester; have a critique on one of my manuscripts and attend a seminar about from Behind the Publishers Desk, with Jane Godwin form Penguin and Cate Sutherland from Fremantle Press. And of course met some fantastic people!
Participated in the RhyPiBoMo challenge with Angie Archer. What fantastic bloggers and information. This is a fantastic way of learning about rhyme- in all it's forms!
At the last minute I entered a pitch competition- for those who don’t know, a pitch competition provides the opportunity to pitch your story- it can be through a blog, or even through twitter. Agents and/or Editors peruse these entries and it offers the chance to showcase the pitches on the chance that it might be picked up and you could be offered a contract! Nestpitch did this in a fun way on the theme of Easter, where you also had to describe your character as an Easter Egg! It was here where I made it to the final rounds with my story “Dragon Dreams”. A big thank you to Kimberley Chase who showcased my entry on her page. Check it our here:
After deciding that I wish to enter the Picture Book writing field, I did my research and have completed “The Craft and Business of Writing Picture Books” at the Childrens Book Academy, online with the wonderful Mira Reisberg and Mandy Yates and Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. I found the information to be practical and informative and its where I met the fantastic ladies that form my online critique group which I’m happy to say is still ongoing.
Joined SCWBI as soon as I found out what it was! This is a must for anyone wishing to enter this field!
BH (Before Harrison, my gorgeous little boy)
Working and studying a Fine Art and Visual Culture degree at Curtin University.