Learn the art of writing children’s books

The Sunshine Coast Literary Association is hosting a workshop – Writing and Illustrating Picture Books for Children – on Saturday, 16 July for aspiring children’s book authors.

President of the SCLA, Bryan Ward said the workshop would provide participants with the opportunity to learn the steps involved in creating a children’s book from one of the Sunshine Coast’s most prominent children’s book authors, Peter Carnavas.

“The workshop is for all those eager to delve into the exciting world of writing and illustrating children’s books, but are unsure of where to start,” Bryan said.

“We feel very privileged that Peter has agreed to join us once again,” Bryan said.

“Peter is a talented author and teacher and we always receive positive feedback from all the SCLA workshops he presents,” Bryan said.

The workshop will focus on the ‘three acts’ of writing the perfect children’s picture book as well as creating well-rounded characters, depicting the meaning through illustrations and many more important components involved in creating a dynamic and engaging book for children.

Local children’s author and illustrator, Peter Carnavas, has written and illustrated five children’s books, with his last book launching only weeks ago. His first book, Jessica’s Box, was shortlisted for three awards and has won the hearts of children the world-over.  Among his other talents, Peter is also a gifted presenter, hosting a number of children’s writing and illustration workshops along the east coast of Australia.

“Writing children’s books is not just a job but a passion of mine,” Peter said.

“Once you know the basics and what is involved in building a strong story foundation, it becomes much easier to get your thoughts down on paper and, before you know it, everything just comes together,” Peter said.

The Sunshine Coast Literary Association was formed in 2005 to encourage the Sunshine Coast’s aspiring writers and enthusiasts to explore their interest and develop skills. The association offers regular literary workshops, seminars and events, award programs and monthly Front Write Up literary performance evenings that provide an opportunity to showcase the talents of members.

The workshop will be held at the Buderim Mountain State School Conference Room on Saturday, 16 July from 9:30 to 12:30pm. Tickets are $40 for SCLA members or $50 for non-members and positions are limited, so make sure you book your seat today.

For more information about the workshop, biography of Peter Carnavas or to book your seat for the workshop, please visit the ‘What’s on’ section of the SCLA website, www.scliterary.org or call 07 5450 2691.

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