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
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
In this session on “imagined collaboration,” Cary will reveal what he puts in and what he leaves out to give the illustrator both direction and freedom. Dena will share how she balances this direction with the freedom to explore her own illustrative voice so that opportunities of unexpected magic can happen.
Great fantasy can often be harvested from reality. In this session, the author discusses how historical figures and periods can be used in different ways to inspire world building in fantasy fiction, with a focus on critically analyzing research and reinterpreting it for your story.
Illustrating a story includes a great deal of problem solving and deduction to make things work! What if the story needs elements of design, such as patterns or colours of variant textures, simple to complex. Where do you begin? How do you make it fit? We’ll work with that and go through the process from thought, research to examination and execution.
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
In theatre, you start with an empty space. A void. You hear a sound. Or maybe a light comes on. Immediately the story has begun. What unfolds is an alchemy of language, movement, colour, light, sound, and purpose. In this session we’ll discover your inner actor, designer, and director. We’ll fill the void of the blank page and watch as our story comes to life.
Creating a graphic novel is a dynamic and intricate process, from conceptualizing the story to seeing the final words and pictures on the page. The award-winning graphic novelist explains how to create a compelling script, how to make the right choices in terms of word, frame, transition, flow, etc., how and why images and words mingle, and how all of these elements come together.
Once derided as disposable pulp entertainment for children, comics have matured into hot commodities and every major publisher wants in. But what makes comics tick? This session looks at the nuts and bolts of visual narrative storytelling as it pertains to comics. You will learn what makes comic books such a unique art form and what you need to be aware of when you’re illustrating them.
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
If you’re trying to get your first book published, this is the session for you! Our panel of newly-published kids book creators tell you how they got started, how they got there, and offer specific, practical advice.
No matter what comes first to you – character, voice, premise, setting – this workshop will help you make sure that your characters are the perfect fit for your story. Kenneth will share his own idiosyncratic process for building characters and share a variety of tips to help you get to know your characters as well as your best friends, or enemies.
How to illustrate to convey knowledge? A discussion about the creative process behind illustrating for nonfiction, including finding the balance between factual accuracy and creative liberty, achieving desired visual result using mixed media, and collaborating with author, editor, and art director in the research process. You will have a better understanding of the market and be ready to make the leap into the world of nonfiction.
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
Consistently the most popular session at PYI, every year this panel features a different group of kid lit experts.
ALI MCDONALD, YASEMIN UÇAR, CLAIRE WILKSHIRE
YA mysteries and thrillers have come a long way since Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys were out searching for secrets in clocks and treasures in towers. Join award-winning author Tom Ryan in this session on crafting killer mysteries. Topics include casting suspicion in all directions and plotting backward from the big reveal. Note: participants will benefit from having read Ryan’s Keep This to Yourself, which he’ll use as subject text – spoilers will abound!
As software has made it increasingly easy, convenient, and risk-free to create pictures, there is still a place for traditional art supplies in today’s art-making process. Whether you want to reconnect with your abandoned art supplies, use art tools to plan your work, combine hand-drawn elements with your digital art, or even make the switch from digital art to paper, this session explores how to integrate pencil, charcoal, watercolour and coloured pencils back into your art.
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
5:15 to 7:30 EST One-To-One Evaluations, Illustrator Show & Tell, Breakout Room Activity