So much has gone on in the past month I do not know how I managed to fit it all in on top of a brand new job. So this post will be a bit of a photo fest to try and include everything.

First their was KIDLITVIC2017. If you haven’t attended this yearly festival yet than it is a ‘must’ for next year. I flew down to Melbourne excited to mingle with authors, illustrators, editors and agents.

Our writers group ‘Picture This’ being framed!

The best thing about writers festivals and conferences is meeting up with like-minded people who become your friends for life.

Then I went and unexpectedly got myself a job as a part-time Visual Arts teacher in a local primary school. I have hit the floor running familiarising myself with the Australian curriculum, remembering 300+ children’s names, meeting new staff and painting everyday.

The white board showing all the different activities going on for each stage.

This has meant that my creativity has all gone on this job and left me no time for the 52 Week Illustration Challenge of which I have participated in since day one for the last 3-4 years. At least I am still being creative just in a different forum. Next term we are focusing on clay modelling!

Year 1/2 children exploring mono-printing

Then I was flying up to Brisbane for the CYA Conference. This was another jam-packed day.

Jacqueline Harvey says, ‘Editors are the bomb!’

 

Tina Clarke introduces the amazingly talented Shaun Tan  via Skype to a room for of illustrators in awe.

 

Nadine Bates talks about the place for interactive books and her new venture Kindergo.

 

I make new friends.

Illustrator Sandy Flett.

 

And catch up with old ones.

The wonderful Sheryl Gwyther and myself.

This post would go on forever if I was to write about all the valuable snippets of information that was shared during these events. But I hate long wordy posts, so I shan’t write one. I do insist you try and attend an event like this though, as they are huge sources of information about the writing world. The editor consultations are gold dust and are the best thing you can do to make your manuscript get closer to your publishing dream.

See you at the next one!

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2 thoughts on “KIDLITVIC & CYA CONFERENCE 2017

  1. Feel like I missed out this year! Still I’m looking forward to the Shire festival in a couple of months.

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