Children’s Literature Day School
Back by popular demand! The WCN Children’s Literature Day School explores different aspects and forms of writing for children and young people. It covers writing, illustration, preparing work for publication and children’s literature in the publishing industry.
An unusual and exciting feature of this day school is the illustrator-writer exchange session where participants will get the chance to share their work and ideas, perhaps even finding that magical partnership!
Tutors will deliver presentations based on their work and then lead discussions based on the issues raised.
Session 1: Writing Young Adult Prose with Tanya Landman
Tanya Landman studied for a degree in English Literature at Liverpool University before working in a bookshop, an arts centre and a zoo. Since 1992 Tanya has been part of Storybox Theatre working as a writer, administrator and performer – a job which has taken her to festivals all over the world. She lives with her husband, Rod Burnett, and two sons, Isaac and Jack, in Devon.
Tanya had no ambition to write until Waking Merlin popped into her head a few years ago; but now she can't seem to stop writing! She says it's the best job ever – being allowed to spend hours staring into space, daydreaming... Website
Session 2: Children’s Illustration with Eva Sánchez Gómez
Eva Sánchez Gómez was born in Puigcerdà, a little town in the Pyrenees, in 1986. She was graduated in Fine Arts by University of Barcelona, and then she focused on illustration in “Escola Francesca Bonnemaison” of the “Diputació de Barcelona”. It was there that she started her professional career, looking for her own language where the pencil, watercolor and a descriptive and sometimes nostalgic perspective are, at least for now, the protagonists. Tender, grumpy, ironic or disturbing characters run through the stories all along this learning process.
Since then she has illustrated several novels and picture books and her works has been showed in quite a few collective exhibitions and art markets.
She was selected to take part on the IV Iberoamerican Illustration catalogue and she has won the 4thedition of the Edelvives International Picture Book Contest with her project Dip published in Spain in October 2015. Website
Session 3: An Agent’s Perspective with Davinia Andrew-Lynch
Davinia Andrew-Lynch aims to find writers and illustrators whose material can be told through varying mediums. A small and intimate agency, Andlyn is for storytellers who want to nurture their talent and ultimately their careers. Website
Session 4: Writer-Illustrator exchange
Illustrators will be encouraged to bring along portfolios, and writers will be encouraged to send postcards (brief synopses) of story ideas ahead of the workshop – these will be the basis for the idea exchange.