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So , as an inbetween step, Hazel offered her text (words) based on several existing, unpublished  stories for students to use.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 2019

1st Fri each month   PROV 10-1pm  Masterclass: Complete Your Book in a Year.

2020 ( booking & info here)  

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2020

FEBRUARY

Feb 19th  1. 30-1pm  OAM Wheelers' Hill Library

MARCH

March 1st (Sun) 1-4pm  Ivanhoe Library 'Writing Non Boring History for Grandkids' 

March 3rd  Dymocks First Tues Bookclub. 6.30  ' Hippo's 4oth' Bookings via Penguin here.

March 4th  International Women's Day. Box Hill Town Hall 6.30

March 6th PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year' 

March 27th  Society of Women Writers: 'Authorpreneurship' workshop

APRIL

April 3rd  PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year'

April 18th  SCBWI   The Dock Library

MAY

May 1st  PROV  'Complete Your Book in a Year' 

May 30th TBC  Library Week  Rosanna Library 1-4 pm 'Writing a Non- Boring Family History' 

JUNE

June 5th  PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year'

20/21st  Willy Festival  20/20

JULY

July 3rd PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year' 

AUGUST

August 7th PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year' 

Book Week; Larrikin Puppets Musical of 'Hijabi Girl:

SEPTEMBER

Sept 4th PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year' 

OCTOBER

Oct 2nd  PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year'

NOVEMBER

Nov 6th  PROV  'Complete Your Book in a Year'

DECEMBER

Dec 4th PROV Mini Book launch


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