#ProperBook: Picture This

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#ProperBook: Picture This

July 9 @ 10:25 am - 1:30 pm


Previous Proper Book event with (from left) Chris Judge, Michael Emberley, Sarah Webb and Mary Murphy in the dlr Lexicon, Dún Laoghaire. Photo by Ger Holland.

Have you ever thought about writing or illustrating a picturebook but don’t know where to start? This webinar is for you – it’s part of the #ProperBook series of practical events and workshops for new and emerging children’s writers and is presented by West Cork Literary Festival in association with Children’s Books Ireland.

Discover the recommended word count for a picturebook, how a picturebook is laid out, why you don’t need an illustrator to submit a picturebook text, and what agents and publishers are looking for when it comes to picturebooks. Hear from a wide range of book industry experts on all aspects of writing and publishing for children. This back-to-basics event will provide the no-nonsense information you need to get your picturebook idea off the ground.

Plus hear children’s writers and illustrators talk about how they got published and give tips for new writers and illustrators.

Come with questions and leave with answers!

10.25am: Join Our Webinar

10.30am: Welcome by Aoife Murray, Programme and Events Manager, Children’s Books Ireland and Eimear O’Herlihy, West Cork Literary Festival

10.35am to 11.30am: The World of Picturebooks

What is a picturebook? How are they laid out and how many words should they be? Do picturebooks have to rhyme? Find out all this and much more during this first panel session.

Chaired by Sarah Webb, Children’s Writer, Reviewer and Programmer. Speakers: Patricia Forde, Mary Murphy and Joseph Coelho 

11.30am to 11.40am: 10 minute break

11.40am to 12.20pm: Debut Picturebook Authors and Illustrators

Hear debut picturebook authors and illustrators talk about their journey to publication and share their writing and illustrating tips.

Chaired by Shane Hegarty, Author of the Boot books for children and experienced journalist. Speakers: Caitriona Sweeney, Debut author/illustrator of A Galway Fairytale and Hannah Lee, Debut author of My Hair

12.20pm to 12.30pm: 10 minute break

12.30pm to 1.30pm: What Publishers and Agents are Looking For, Finding an Agent and Getting Published 

Aoife Murray from Children’s Books Ireland talks about the world of agents and publishing with some experts from the children’s book world. Speakers: Deirdre Nolan from Gill Books; Tanya Rosie from Walker Books and Jodie Hodges, Children’s Literary Agent, United Agents.

This event was programmed by Sarah Webb for West Cork Literature Festival and Children’s Books Ireland.

Tickets are €25 and can be booked via the link below.
Please note: this is a live event and will not be recorded so there will be no facility to watch it back afterwards.


July 9
10:25 am - 1:30 pm



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