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.
June 23rd 1.25 pm Books-in-Homes Role Model, English Language School, Croydon Nth
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 14th Ashburton Library 1.30-4.30 Writing a Non Boring Family History or Memoir'
August 18th Doncaster Library 11-12 Writing a Non Boring Family History or Memoir'
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 16th 10-1pm Yarra Glen L&L Centre 'Writing a Non Boring Family History or Memoir'
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