Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Conference

 

 

July 28-30, 2017
Corte Madera, CA (Just north of San Francisco)

Learn the tips and tricks for writing and illustrating amazing books for children!

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Faculty

Bitty Bot author Tim McCanna, acclaimed picture book writer Amy Novesky, and Chronicle Books Senior Editor Melissa Manlove are just a few of the incredible names we've assembled for our faculty this year. Click here to see the full list!

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Expect to Write, Create & Learn! 

For over 10 years, Book Passage’s Children’s Writers & Illustra-tors’ Conferences have provided participants an intimate setting to learn, connect and exchange ideas. Students and faculty mingle among the bookshelves of our nation’s most prominent indepen-dent bookstore. With expert faculty leading their students from concept development to finding a publisher, this unique confer-ence links its attendees to their goals.

Expert Panels provide insights to current trends in publishing & producing your work

Writing Sessions provide direct expert editorial and develop-mental advice.

Our multi-award winning faculty in the children’s and young adult literary world include agents, editors, writers, illustrators, publishers and business representatives. During the conference, participants have multiple opportunities to learn as well as interact during meals, at our special evening events & in workshops.

Panel discussions on Publishing Trends, What Makes a Book Memorable and Promoting Your Work cover information for both new and established writers. With Q&A time, your questions will be answered!

This intensive weekend offers an added opportunity to workshop your writing in small groups up to 5 facilitated by an editor. You must register for the conference & submit your work by July 10th to participate. An additional fee applies. Networking & Private Consultations with Faculty Not only will you have the opportunity to share meals with our faculty in our brick-lined patio, you also have the opportunity to consult with them one-on-one about your work. For an additional $95, a 30-minute private consultation can be scheduled with participating faculty.

Open to new, established and aspiring writers and illustrators, the conference takes place in beautiful Marin County, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco and adjacent to Northern California’s wine country.

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The 2017 Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Conference faculty is an outstanding group of writers, illustrators, editors, agents, and teachers. Together, they will show you how to refine your work and help guide you through the publishing process.

Meet the 2017 Faculty

There are many conferences where you can meet great writers, and you can certainly do a lot of that at the Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Confernece, but here you'll also do something more. The emphasis of this three-day conference is to show you what you need to do to become a successful children's book writer or illustrator yourself.

Browse Our 2017 Schedule
(Please note this schedule is tentative and subject to change!)

Want to meet with a member of our faculty one-on-one? Optional 30-minute private consultations are available for $95. You may use that time to discuss a concept or proposal, or to have a faculty member review and provide feedback on a portion of a manuscript you have submitted. A list of faculty members available for consultations will also be made available prior to the conference.

Learn More About Private Consultations

Thinking of traveling from afar to learn the craft of writing or illustrating for children? No problem! We have some great recommendations for places nearby where you can rest and relax.

Accommodations 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Master Classes

Take your conference experience one step further with these optional writing workshops on Sunday afternoon just after the close of the conference. They are open to the public and available to conference participants for a reduced fee.

Natasha Yim
Writing Narrative Nonfiction

Whether you write picture books or middle-grade works, narrative non-fiction has fast become a popular genre! As Core Curriculum standards integrate children’s literary works into the classroom, narrative nonfiction is an expanding market. Natasha Yim shares her techniques for writing the stories of real people into books that keep children, teachers and librarians turning the pages.

Andrea Alban
RE-Vision: Tips for Self-Editing Mastery

How do professional editors turn a manuscript into a polished work? The process of editing begins with the writers. Andrea Alban shows writers how to apply techniques of the editing trade to their own children’s manuscript. Want a picture perfect manuscript to catch that agent’s eye? RE-Vision will show you the techniques of self-editing mastery.

Mina Witterman
Fictionalize Your Memories

Letting readers experience your story as if they are walking in the shoes of the protagonist is one of the writer’s most difficult tasks. It requires you to pen the protagonist’s emotions down believable, heartfelt and true. An excellent way to learn this type of evocative writing is to bring your own memories to a story. But there is always the urge to stay too close to the truth, so you need to create a healthy distance between you and your memories. This class explores ways to use your own experiences and memories without getting caught in the ‘that’s not how it happened’ snare.

Ying Compestine
Write An Award-Winning Novel & Sell It

If you have the beginnings of a book and want to take it to the next level, Ying Compestine will share with you the journey of writing her award winning novel Revolution is Not a Dinner Party (which has been optioned for a feature film). She explains the different aspects of fiction writing, such as grabbing your reader with a strong hook, developing a dramatic storyline, and creating unforgettable characters that are beset by inner conflicts. She shares what she has learned about writing, while facing challenges such as shifting between cultures and writing in a second language.

Craig Fraizer
The Illustrated Voice

Craig Frazier presents the theories and processees behind “visual thinking” and how they are integrated into the nature of the assignments he produces for his clients and his own works. He illuminates the step-by-step process and rationales behind visual presentation decision making, from the doodle phase through the printed book. He will take time to discuss participants’ projects and portfolios.

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Success Stories

"I cannot recommend Andrea Alban’s RE-Vision process highly enough. Without question, my current picture book would not be where it is without the instruction and feedback I received at a RE-Vision retreat and at Andrea’s Tribe sessions at Book Passage. She is the best! Conference attendees will benefit tremendously from her master class. Once I have a solid draft of my next picture book, one of Andrea’s venues is the first place I will take it for critique."
Sarah Pate

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