Writing, Illustrating Books For Children Seminar Set

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A seminar geared to help writers and artists of all ages boost creativity and discover new publishing opportunities in the children's book field is set for June 28 at Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Road.

The seminar features four speakers and will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (registration at 9:30 a.m.).

Sponsored by Arizona Press Women, the event is open to the public for a $40 fee, which includes lunch. The reservation deadline is June 24 and there is an early-bird rate of $35 for paid reservations received by June 21. Reservations may be made by calling (928) 468-9269 or email: bcbrown2@theriver.com.

Speakers include children's book author Contrad J. Storad, editor and journalist Lynda Exley, award-winning young author Michael J. Moorehead and illustrator Kathy Parks.

Storad, named Arizona Children's Author of the Year in 2001, has written more than 10 nature and science books for children and youth. He is editor of ASU Research Magazine and also edits Chain Reaction Magazine aimed at young readers. His newest children's nature book, "Meerkats," recently won the Best Book Award from the Arizona Book Publisher's Association. He will speak about writing good nonfiction books that are fun to read, working with editors, agents and publishers.

Michael J. Moorehead, 12, is author of the picture book "The Student from Zombie Island, Conquering the Rumor Monster." He will share his experience of writing his book, getting it published and encourage other young authors to follow their dreams.

Lynda Exley, a former editor of Arizona Parenting Magazine who helped start the new Kids Can Publish University at Five Star Press, will speak about "The New Face of Publishing" and help authors learn about publishing trends and how to choose the best publishing method for their project.

Kathy Parks is the commercial artist who illustrated Moore-head's book. She will tell artists how to get started, put together a portfolio, approach a publisher and learn the basics of illustration.

Children ages 8-14 who want to attend only the morning talk by the young author, can attend that session for a special rate of $10.

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