Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Faculty Additions - Annie Barrows, Shirin Yim Bridges, Ying Compestine, Summer Dawn Laurie, Laurie McLean, Amy Novesky, Kathryn Otoshi, Lissa Rovetch, and Pam van Hylckama Vlieg to Join the 2012 Book Passage Children's Writers and Illustrators Conference

We are ecstatic to announce the addition of Annie Barrows, Shirin Yim Bridges, Ying Compestine, Summer Dawn Laurie, Laurie McLean, Amy Novesky, Kathryn Otoshi, Julie Romeis, Lissa Rovetch, and Pam van Hylckama Vlieg to the faculty of the 2012 Book Passage Children's Writers and Illustrators Conference, June 14-17 in Corte Madera, California.

Annie Barrows
Barrows’ collaboration with her late aunt Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, has been a perennial New York Times bestseller, published in 25 countries and selling well over one million copies. Barrows is also a prolific author of children's literature. The first book in her children’s series Ivy and Bean was published in 2006 and was an ALA Notable book for 2007; it was followed by many others, with the latest, Ivy and Bean Button Factory to be published this April. Her 2008 stand-alone children’s novel, The Magic Half, was described by School Library Journal as “a delightful tale brimming with mystery, magic, and adventure.”

Shirin Yim Bridges
In addition to being head goose at Goosebottom Books, Shirin wrote all six books in Goosebottom’s first series, The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses, which includes Agrippina Atrocious and Ferocious, Hatshepsut of Egypt, and Artemisia of Caria. She is also the author of The Umbrella Queen and Ruby's Wish. Shirin has lived in many countries around the world, as is reflected in her writing — Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and England.

Ying Compestine
Ying is the author of YA and Middle Grade novels Revolution is Not a Dinner Party and A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts, as well as children's books including Crouching Tiger, The Runaway Wok, and Boy Dumplings. She has visited schools throughout the US and abroad, sharing with students her journey as a writer, how her life in China inspired her writing, and the challenges of writing in her second language.

Summer Dawn Laurie
Summer is an independent children’s book editor with ten years’ experience at Tricycle Press and Chronicle Books. After ten years working in-house at children's book publishers, most recently as senior editor at Tricycle Press, the kid's division of Ten Speed Press, and previously at Chronicle Books for Children, Laurie decided to head out on her own. Over the years, she has edited more than 50 published books, ranging from board books to picture books, middle-grade novels to non-fiction.

Laurie McLean
Laurie is a literary agent with the Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency. Laurie specializes in middle grade and young adult children's fiction. Laurie is also the Dean of the newly created San Francisco Writers University.

Amy Novesky
Amy is an independent children's book editor, creative director, and co-founder of Ever After Studio, a children's book production company. She is the author of Me, Frida and Elephant Prince. Amy is a former editor with Chronicle Books in San Francisco, where she acquired award-winning picture books. Currently she works with writers and publishers to produce children’s books of all kinds. In addition, she is the creative director for Paper Hat Press, a company that creates customizable children’s books and keepsakes. She also frequently teaches writing workshops at Book Passage.

Kathryn Otoshi
Kathryn is an award-winning writer and illustrator, whose books have won the E.B. White Read Aloud Honor, the Nautilus Gold Award, and the Mom's Choice Award. Her books include Zero, One, Simon and the Sock Monster, What Emily Saw, and  Marcello the Movie Mouse.

Lissa Rovetch
Lissa is the author of Ook the Book and the Hot Dog and Bob chapter book series, and she is the illustrator of There Was a Man Who Loved a Rat and Other Vile Little Poems. Lissa founded the monthly group for children's writers and illustrators, Kid Lit Salon, which has been meeting at Book Passage since 2008.

Pam van Hylckama Vlieg
Pam is a prolific book blogger at Bookalicious and Hicklebee's Books.

Join us for the 6th Annual Book Passage Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference. The Conference will cover all aspects of writing and illustrating for children—from developing ideas to honing skills to finding a publisher. Students will work closely with other writers and illustrators, as well as with agents, editors, and publishers. The conference is designed to meet the differing needs of those who create for different age groups.

Students choose an area of emphasis for the morning sessions, such as writing for picture books, early readers, young adult books or illustration, and then work with a teacher in a workshop setting. In the afternoon, students choose from panels of common interest, such as working with editors, working with agents, marketing and promotion. There will be many opportunities for faculty and students to talk, laugh, and exchange ideas in classes, lunches, and at evening events.

Check out the conference Facebook page, the conference Twitter feed, and for upcoming announcements and additions to the Conference faculty.

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