10:00 to 10:30 EST All time zones: BC 7:00 to 7:30 | AB/SK 8:00 to 8:30 | MB 9:00 to 9:30 | ON/QC 10:00 to 10:30 | NS/NB/PE 11:00 to 11:30 | NL 11:30 to 12:00
She knows exactly what she wants. But guess who has the key in “Driving Miss Daisy.”
10:45 to 11: 45 EST All time zones: BC 7:45 to 8:45 | AB/SK 8:45 to 9:45 | MB 9:45 to 10:45 | ON/QC 10:45 to 11:45 | NS/NB/PE 11:45 to 12:45 | NL 12:15 to 1:15
Congratulations! Your picture book is being published…If only you knew what it was going to look like. A delicate balance exists between an author’s words and an illustrator’s images. Both artful and inspired, the relationship between author and illustrator can make or break your story. So how does an author manage expectations and “let go” of what they think the text should look like? How does an illustrator interpret the author’s words and sentiment, pleasing both author and audience? How does the editor maintain that delicate balance? The author, illustrator, and editor will share their experiences of working on the award-winning Malaika series — Malaika’s Costume (2016), Malaika’s Winter Carnival (2017), and upcoming Malaika’s Surprise (2021).
Do you want to share a fascinating real person’s life with young readers? If so, how do you draw out the story from the facts? How do you keep the narrative fast-paced and engaging for kids (and adults)? How do you focus on the essence of the person, their time, their experiences, their impact on the world without going in too many directions?
12:00 to 1:00 EST All time zones: BC 9:00 to 10:00 | AB/SK 10:00 to 11:00 | MB 11:00 to 12:00 | ON/QC 12:00 to 1:00 | 1:00 NS/NB/PE | NL 1:30 to 2:30
Fiction writers need to do research! Whether we’re writing historical fiction, fantasy or contemporary stories, we need to know our stuff. Long-time journalist turned children’s writer Monique Polak shares tips she’s learned from the world of journalism that have helped to feed her fiction. Participants will learn how to sniff out a story, find inspiration in facts, round up sources, get interview subjects to open up, hone observation skills, and most importantly, how to transform a pile of notes into incredible (and credible) fiction for kids.
Every picture book is a 32-page universe inspired (usually) by a written narrative and given visual form and shape by an illustrator. Creating that universe is like solving a puzzle that could have an infinite number of solutions. The ultimate goal is to create an immersive world on paper that welcomes readers in and invites them to wander around. This session will focus on how to create illustrated worlds that are plausible, consistent and original. Why? Because kids notice EVERYTHING!
1:30 to 2:30 EST All time zones: BC 10:30 to 11:30 | AB/SK 11:30 to 12:30 | MB 12:30 to 1:30 | ON/QC 1:30 to 2:30 | NS/NB/PE 2:30 to 3:30 | NL 3:00 to 4:00
You know how to put beautiful, evocative words on the page. You have vivid characters and a great premise. But what is your story’s theme? What questions is it asking? We’ll look at your story’s big picture and find ways to identify what makes it urgent and important for young readers.
Today’s non-fiction for kids can be thought-provoking or funny — or both. From abortion and axolotls through killer fashion (literally) to wartime and weather, great non-fiction provides information and context kids can’t find online. This session examines inventive approaches to delivering non-fiction to young readers, how to come up with great topics, a look at some award-winning titles and more.
2:45 to 3:45 EST All time zones: BC 11:45 to 12:45 | AB/SK 12:45 to 1:45 | MB 1:45 to 2:45 | ON/QC 2:45 to 3:45 | NS/NB/PE 3:45 to 4:45 | NL 4:15 to 5:15
Our publisher panel is always the most popular session at PYI. This year's panelists Karen Li (Groundwood Books), Terrilee Bulger (Nimbus Publishing), and Jackie Farquhar (Chirp Magazine) discuss the range of books, magazines, and writers they publish, with an overview of current and future publishing trends.
How do you take advantage of the sequential picture potential of comics? Learn some concrete techniques to help up your visual game, whether you are an illustrator, writer, or both.
4:00 to 5:00 EST All time zones: BC 1:00 to 2:00 | AB/SK 2:00 to 3:00 | MB 3:00 to 4:00 | ON/QC 4:00 to 5:00 | NS/NB/PE 5:00 to 6:00 | NL 5:30 to 6:30
Some of us are “pre-published” and may have been digging in those trenches for years. Some of us have been launched from unpublished writer to unknown author. Some of us have hit mid-career slumps that have left us walking into walls. And, some of us are tripping and falling down in these bewildering times. Let’s look back together so that we can keep getting up together.
5:00 to 5:30 EST PYI After-Party via Zoom (TBC)
5:15 to 7:30 EST One-to-One publisher evaluations of manuscripts or portfolios, scheduled for individual participants in advance