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January 2015
$55/members; $65/nonmembers

What Kind of Kids’ Writer Am I? class begins at GrubStreet

January 30 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
GrubStreet,
162 Boylston St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02116 United States
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If you have ever wondered where your story(ies) really fit in the world of children’s literature, this seminar is just for you! Led by author Beth Raisner Glass, this seminar will finally help you determine what kind of children’s book you want to write (or have written) from picture books to YA. The class will be both lecture and experiential. You will leave with many handouts to hone your craft and an opportunity to share your work with the instructor…

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$110/members; $130/nonmembers

Young Adult Writing: Finding and Developing Your Ideas class at GrubStreet

January 31 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
GrubStreet,
162 Boylston St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02116 United States
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The Young Adult literature category is a hot market. So where can you get ideas for YA stories? This six-hour generative seminar for beginners to experienced writers of YA fiction will introduce techniques for gathering YA story ideas and developing them into creative works of powerful fiction. We’ll first zoom in specifically on situations as YA story seeds, and with situation plotting exercises, we’ll brainstorm, write, and discuss our plot ideas. We’ll then work with other categories of seeds such…

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$20/members:; $30/nonmembers

Thinking Outside the Box to Market Your Book with Jen Malone at The Writers’ Loft

January 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Writers’ Loft,
20 North Main St. #360, Sherborn, MA 01770 United States
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Prior to her writing career, author Jen Malone was the New England Head of Publicity and Promotions for 20th Century Fox and Miramax Films. As it turns out, creating awareness of a movie title is much the same as marketing a new book. In this two-hour workshop, we’ll discuss both inside and outside-the-box strategies authors can employ to get their title noticed in a cluttered marketspace. We’ll examine why the target audience influences most of the marketing decisions and unique…

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George O’Connor at the Odyssey Bookshop

January 31 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Odyssey Bookshop,
9 College St., South Hadley, MA 01075 United States
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Odyssey Bookshop is pleased to welcome the graphic novelist star, George O’Connor! Join us to revisit or discover the world of the Olympians! George O’Connor will be discussing Ares: Bringer of War which is the seventh book in the Olympians series. This book tells the exciting story of the Trojan War, and the Gods’ interference in this epic battle. War-lover Ares butts heads with Athena, goddess of military victory — and their conflict will have repercussions for generations to come.…

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February 2015

George O’Connor at Brookline Booksmith

February 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith,
279 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02446 United States
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The myth continues in Ares: Bringer of War, the latest installment of George O’Connor’s Olympians series of graphic novels. The fabled Trojan War is raging as two infamous gods of war go to battle. This time the spotlight is thrown on Ares, god of war, and primarily focuses on his battle with the clever and powerful Athena. As the battle culminates and the gods try to one-up each other to win, the human death toll mounts. Who will win this epic…

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Free admission for 5th annual “Friendiversary” at The Carle Museum

February 7
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art,
125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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The Carle has teamed up with friends from First Book to observe their Friendiversary, an annual celebration of friendship and reading. So bring a friend and join us as we celebrate books with Elephant, Piggie and a host of other Museum friends, plus a FREE Elephant and Piggie book to the first 500 children who attend! Free books compliments of Disney Publishing Worldwide. Meet Elephant and Piggie! Watch films! Share storytimes! Make art! Enjoy our special exhibitions! Pack a picnic…

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Simmons College Graduate Study in Children’s Literature at The Carle: Information Session

February 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art,
125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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Join us for an Information Session to learn about graduate programs in children’s literature offered through Simmons College at The Carle. Each program encourages a rigorous study of children’s books with an emphasis on historical and critical analysis. Non-degree students are welcome to apply for specific classes. Email childrensliterature@simmons.edu for more information.

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From Page to Screen panel

February 10 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Paresky Room, Simmons College,
300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115 United States
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Please join Children’s Books Boston for refreshments and a panel discussion: FROM PAGE TO SCREEN: AN INSIDE LOOK AT CHILDREN’S BOOK ADAPTATIONS Simmons College, The Paresky Conference Room 300 The Fenway, Boston MA 5:30-7:00 PM Tuesday, February 10 Panelists: ​ Carol Greenwald, Senior Executive Producer of Children’s Programs at WGBH Boston Nikki Silver, Co-chief Creator at Tonik Productions Ammi-Joan Paquette, Senior Agent with Erin Murphy Literary Agency Moderator: Deborah Kovacs, Senior Vice President, Walden Media and Publisher, Walden Pond Press Moving a great story…

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Natasha Lowe at Brookline Booksmith

February 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith,
279 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02446 United States
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In The Courage of Cat Campbell, Cat’s mother believes magic ruins lives, and even as Cat’s passion for magic grows over the years, no one suspects she has the gift. But she has indeed inherited the coveted magic gene of her famed great-great-grandmother Mabel, a discovery she makes in a most surprising way. Cat is a witch! And when she comes across a book called The Late Bloomer’s Guide to Magic, she finds the encouragement she needs and spells that…

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March 2015

Simmons College Graduate Study in Children’s Literature at The Carle: Information Session

March 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art,
125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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Join us for an Information Session to learn about graduate programs in children’s literature offered through Simmons College at The Carle. Each program encourages a rigorous study of children’s books with an emphasis on historical and critical analysis. Non-degree students are welcome to apply for specific classes. Email childrensliterature@simmons.edu for more information.

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