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So , as an inbetween step, Hazel offered her text (words) based on several existing, unpublished stories for students to use.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)
- 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
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
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)
This is also suitable for teenagers and family historians to illustrate.
Stay connected with Hazel!
Events & Appearances 2019
1st Fri each month PROV 10-1pm Masterclass: Complete Your Book in a Year.
Feb 19th 1. 30-1pm OAM Wheelers' Hill Library
March 1st (Sun) 1-4pm Ivanhoe Library 'Writing Non Boring History for Grandkids'
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 3rd PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year'
April 18th SCBWI The Dock Library
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 5th PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year'
20/21st Willy Festival 20/20
July 3rd PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year'
August 7th PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year'
Book Week; Larrikin Puppets Musical of 'Hijabi Girl:
Sept 4th PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year'
Oct 2nd PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year'
Nov 6th PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year'
Dec 4th PROV Mini Book launch