Hazel Edwards
“Creativity is the fun of putting
together unexpected ideas”

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

Authors & Illustrators

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?

To encourage:

  • 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

Steps

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

Useful Links: 

A.S.A Style File.

The Business of Writing for Young People

Aspiring Writers 

Hazel's Picture Books 

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

1.The Upside Down Insect with No Name Tag.pdf

2.  Visit Day and the Me Tree.pdf

3. BeTwixt.pdf

4. PopStar.pdf

How & Why Written

Challenges of Writing the Upside Down Insect with No Name-Tag.pdf

Interns

Hazel's Virtual Intern did a sample cover and tips on design here.  

10 tips for designing a cover.pdf

On being a virtual intern.pdf

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Events & Appearances 2017

1st Fri each month   PROV 10-1pm  Mentoring & Finishing Book-Length Non Fiction.

( booking here) 

April 5th  4pm  Reading Dogs photo shoot, Thomastown Library

April 7th    10-1pm  PRO

April 10th   2pm Copyright Agency SLV

April 20th  10-3pm  Yarra Ranges Museum, Lilydale ' Writing a Non Boring History or Memoir'

April 22nd 12-1pm  Fitzroy Chn Lit_Festival.jpg 'Heroes' Panel

April 28th  1pm Women Writers' launch

May 3rd  4.30-6 pm Immigration Museum  "Creativity' Keynote Independent Schools Arts Learning.

May 5th  10-1pm PRO

May 25-31 st  Darwin 

June 2nd  10-1pm PRO

June 10th (Sat) 10-1pm Wordfest  Mt Waverley Library, Writing a Non Boring Family History or Memoir 

June 13/14th  Sale Library   'Writing a Non Boring Family History' Book here. 

June 17th  10-1pm Brunswick Foundling Archives: Master Class 

July 7th  10-1pm PRO

July 12th (Weds) 10-4pm AuthorpreneurshipVic Writers' Centre.   Book here.

July 19th YABBA ( t.b.c.)

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.

October 6th 10-1pm PRO

November 3rd 10-1pm PRO

December 1st  10-1pm PRO

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