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 stories for students to use.

Five Senses will now be publishing Hazel's original stories in a collection called 'Like Me' in October 2017, so the stories have been taken down from here.

But Hazel will leave the hints:

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 will be added here soon.

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Events & Appearances 2017

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

( booking here)  

September 19th  YABBA   statewide online Virtual Author from  Mont Albert Primary

September 23rd  10.30-12. Dolly Parton Imagination Library event, Geelong Library.

September 26th  6-8 pm OAM event Knox Civic Centre 

October 6th 10-1pm PRO

October 13th   Hazelnuts Reunion lunch Mr & Miss 12.30  711 Whitehorse Rd.

October 20 th (Fri) 1-4pm  Colac Library ' Writing a Non Boring Family History'

October 31st   10 am YABBA AWARDS  Hampton Park Secondary

November 3rd 10-1pm PRO

December 1st  10-1pm PRO (Celebration of completed books)

2018

March 24th  Goulburn Readers/Writers' Festival 

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