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Autumn is for Authors

a series of virtual workshops for children's book authors and artists.

Being an author is possible for anyone. 

That includes you. 

Calling all writers and artists! This is a series of workshops we knew you wouldn't want to miss, with talented local authors and illustrators walking us through the steps of writing and illustrating children's books. But we get it. Life happens. And maybe you missed a workshop or two. Never fear! We've posted all of the Autumn is for Authors workshops below so you can come back to watch them again and again.  

Enjoy! And then tell us how you use these workshop tips in your own writing and illustrating processes on social media with the hashtag #autumnisforauthors

Grant Snider: Illustrating Your Own Children's Book

Grant Snider's illustrations have appeared in publications ranging from The New Yorker to Best American Comics, and now he's here to share some keys to his success! Join Grant as he shares his journey into the realm of children's books, and discusses the process of developing and illustrating your own story.

Michelle Downing: Writing Your Story and Developing Characters

Michelle Downing is a married mother of two girls, living in the heartland. She is the author of The Horse with the Colorful Tail  and The Dinosaur Superstar, with her third book releasing later in 2020. Join Michelle as she discusses the important process of developing your story line and characters.  

Kassia Wagoner: The Intersectionality of Children's Literature

Kassia Wagoner is an English professor at Friends University, who has a passion for children's literature. One of the classes she teaches includes her students writing their own children's book, and in this workshop she walks us through valuable writing exercises that highlight how we can use children's stories to teach important topics to the young readers in our lives.  

Writing is for Everyone: A Discussion on Reading, Writing, and Authorship

In our Autumn is for Authors Kick-Off Panel, Humanities Scholar Dr. Jay Price facilitates a discussion between local authors on different aspects of writing, ranging from the writing process to overcoming fear while writing. Enjoy this lively discussion from creatives in our community as they share their experiences and their paths to publication. 

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