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

'The Mud Caked Hippo' is a ‘Hand Me Down’  hippo cousin story for YOU to illustrate. Tamworth’s librarian Amy reads and you can see the words. 
 

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So , as an inbetween step, Hazel offered her text (words) based on existing, unpublished  stories for students to use.

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

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.

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

40th aniversary Hippo (with confetti)Use one of the hippo books as a model for the page layout of your book.

Useful Links: 

Five Senses Education published Hazel's stories for younger readers in collections called 'Like Me, Volume One' and 'Like Me Volume Two'' 

A.S.A Style File.

Aspiring Writers 

Hazel's Picture Books 

Hazel's quirky memoir.

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Events & Appearances 2021

Private online mentoring 'Complete Your Book in a Year' 

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2021 

JANUARY

Jan 12th   ZOOM U3A Nunawading Summer School 'Complete Your Book in a Year

FEBRUARY

14th-20th Society of Women Writers Vic  Book here. 'For the Love of Writing' Festival 

Feb 16th ZOOM  'Role of New Media'

Feb 20th  12.15  ZOOM with Suzanne Gervay 'The Two of Us: Collaborating' 

MAY

May 4th 6pm Rivoli Camberwell  Dymocks 21st celebration  Book

May  7th  Photo shoot  Seven Steps Writing .

JULY

AUGUST

Children's Book Week 

Aug 5th 10 AM  Onine about Hijabi Girl :Torrens Primary ACT

7.30 pm Online mentoring 

August 6th  10 am PROV Online mentoring 

August 27th AGM  Society of Women Writers (Vic) 11am Zoom.

SEPTEMBER

Australia Reads Ambassador 

Sept 14th Australia Reads: Ambassador Hazel reading Hippo

Sept 22nd  Zoom 1pm  Malvern 'Survival Skills for Writers During Lockdown.'

Sept 27 th  8pm Writing Muslim Children's Books  Bookings 

Sept 29th  Zoom 6.30-8.30 'A Night of Crime: Society of Women Writers(Vic)   

NOVEMBER

Nov 10th :  Judge: SWW National Writing Competition. Sydney Zoom.

2022

January

Jan 11th (Tues) 10am  U3A Nunawading Summer School 'Non- Boring Writing'


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