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So , as an inbetween step, Hazel offered her text (words) based on several existing, unpublished  stories for students to use.

Then Five Senses Education published Hazel's original stories for younger readers in two collections called 'Like Me, Volume One' and 'Like Me Volume Two'' , so the stories have been taken down from here.

But Hazel will leave the hints: ( and add different kinds of picture book text regularly) 

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 
  • diversity of cross cultural stories & viewpoints

Hints

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 app?
  • 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 

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

A new story 'Body Parts' by Hazel has been added here so you can experiment with it as a picture book project.

(Rights remain of original text with Hazel Edwards)

Body Parts for Hazel Edwards' Picture Book Exercise_.pdf   

This is also suitable for teenagers and family historians to illustrate.

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Events & Appearances 2018

1st Fri each month   PROV 10-1pm  Masterclass: Finishing Book-Length Non Fiction.

2019 ( booking & info here)  

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2019 PROV Master Class  starts Jan 4th

FEBRUARY

1st  PROV

MARCH

1st PROV 

19th  Monash, Clayton 6.30

29th (Friday)   11 am Society of Women Writers 'Authorpreneurship' workshop 

APRIL

5th PROV

MAY

3rd PROV

14th   11am   Literary Awards Lunch Hawthorn 

JUNE

7th PROV

JULY

5th PROV

AUGUST

2nd PROV

21st  Book Week:   12-1pm  Kismet Park Primary (Sunbury) 

SEPTEMBER

6th PROV

OCTOBER

4th PROV

29th YABBA Awards  Camberwell Girls Grammar.

NOVEMBER

1st PROV

Nov  10th  2-5pm  Non- Boring Writing Workshop, Hawthorn 

DECEMBER

6th PROV


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