Complete Kidlit: From Picture Books to YA
In this workshop, we’ll romp the entire field of children’s literature, from picture books and early chapter books to middle grade and young adult. Participants will learn practical guidelines for working in each genre (age ranges, word counts, subject matter, trends and markets), mistakes to avoid, and skills to help craft formative and fun stories for children. We’ll brainstorm story ideas for each genre, and do off-leash writing exercises on topics such as perspective, humour, dialogue, point of view and editing. No experience is required for this supportive and relaxed workshop, and sharing written work is entirely optional. Participants will leave with focus, direction and confidence to write in the incredibly rewarding area of children’s literature.
Alison Hughes has published 16 books for children and young adults. She won the Writers’ Union of Canada Writing for Children Award, was a finalist for the Governor-General’s Literary Awards and the Alberta Literary Awards, and has been nominated nine times for Canadian children’s choice book awards including the Silver Birch. Her books have been translated into Korean, Dutch and French. She has taught university in Australia and has given over forty presentations and writing workshops across Canada. When she’s not crafting another oddball story, she works as a Writing Advisor/Editor at the University of Alberta, and as a casual Manuscript Evaluator with the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.