Opportunity for First-Timers
Even experienced children's authors & illustrators like these had to start somewhere.
( l-r Jen Mc Veity, Felicity Marshall, Krista Bell, (Hazel), Meredith Costain, Corinne Fenton, Susanne Gervay)
Photo credit: Meredith Fuller
Picture Book Opportunity for First-Timers
Schools set create-a-book projects and adults wish to design their own. Many ask Hazel for mentoring hints.
Most first-timers do not realise creating picture books is a BIG challenge.
So , as an inbetween step, Hazel is offering the text (words) based on her existing stories 'Betwixt', 'Popstar', 'The Upside Down Insect With No Name- Tag' and 'Visit Day'.
Your challenge as a new designer-illustrator is to use the text and art-brief ideas to design your own version of one of these stories as a picture book.
Copyright in the text will remain with Hazel. The design and illustrations are yours.
Why is this opportunity being offered?
- beginners to explore techniques based on an existing manuscript
- appreciation of the time and skills needed in creating a work
- discussion of issues within the stories e.g. children in detention, significance of visit day for foster kids.
- diversity of cross cultural stories & viewpoints
1. Download the chosen manuscript and read closely. Art brief at end of 'The Upsidedown Insect with No Name.'
2. A picture book is usually 24 or 32 pages.
- Allow thinking/planning time.
- Look at lots of picture books for design ideas.
- Play with a storyboard,deciding where text and illustrations will go.
- Where will you make the page breaks? Allow for title page and endpapers.
- Design a cover so the title can be easily read and illustrations hint at the most important ideas in the story.
- Add names of author and illustrator(you).
- Or make a dummy book. Consider an apps?
- Decide on the kind of illustrations: Photos? Cartoons? Collage? Pen and ink? Colour?
- Who will be your audience? Age? Reading ability?
- Write a 2 line back cover blurb
Curriculum links to 'My Place' theme.
Publication is NOT promised but Hazel may publicise some samples.
Other stories may be added to the Opportunity page.
NEXT: Experiment with writing a new story of your OWN and illustrating your original picture book,based on what you've learnt from this opportunity.
Picture Book Text for YOU to illustrate
How & Why Written
Hazel's Virtual Intern did a sample cover and tips on design here.
Stay connected with Hazel!
Events & Appearances 2017
1st Fri each month PROV 10-1pm Mentoring & Finishing Book-Length Non Fiction.
April 28th 12-1.30 pm Women Writers' launch
May 3rd 4.30-6 pm Immigration Museum "Creativity' Keynote Independent Schools Arts Learning.
May 5th 10-1pm PRO
May 20th Doncaster Library 'Thank the Storytellers' 11-4pm
May 25-31 st Darwin
June 2nd 10-1pm PRO
June 8th Watsonia Library Book Launch
June 10th (Sat) 10-1pm Wordfest Mt Waverley Library, Writing a Non Boring Family History or Memoir
June 17th 10-1pm Brunswick Foundling Archives: Master Class
July 7th 10-1pm PRO
August 4th 10-1pm PRO
August 8th Canberra: Chapman Primary School evening
August 12th Brunswick Foundling Archives Master Class 10-1pm
August 21st 11.30 Hume Grammar school visit
August 23rd (Weds) 11am Date with Reading Dog Ollie, Diamond Valley library, Greenborough.
August 24th 2pm Beverly Hills Primary , Doncaster
August 18-25 Chn Book Week 'Escape to Everywhere'
August 31st 1.30-3pm Chelsea Library 'Writing A Non Boring Family History'
September 1st 10-1pm PRO
September 8-10 HNSA Conference Swinburne Authorpreneurship.
September 19th YABBA
October 6th 10-1pm PRO
October 20/21 (t.b.c.) Colac ' Writing a Non Boring Family History'
November 3rd 10-1pm PRO
December 1st 10-1pm PRO