Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Panel Discussion: The Art of Creating Children’s Books

Date(s) - 02/27/2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Hawaii State Library
478 S. King St. - Honolulu, Hawaii


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So You Want to Write a Children’s Book?

A panel of published authors and illustrators, Vera Arita, Christopher Caravalho, Sue Cowing, Scott Goto and James Rumford

from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) will present

“The Art of Creating Children’s Books”

This free two-hour program for beginners will present basic information* on how to get started: including becoming familiar with conventions in the field of children’s literature, knowing how children’s books are evaluated, the importance of reading good quality books of the same genre you wish to create, how and why you need to do research, steps involved in writing and revising your own work, getting feedback, and differences between copy editing and content editing as part of the publishing process. The program will be presented in three parts: writing picture books, writing chapter books for early readers or novels for middle grade children and young adults, and illustrating, since the creative, editing and submission process is quite different for each category.

Hawaii State Library Adult Reading Room

Saturday, February 27, 2016, 2:00-4:00 pm

Presented by the Hawaii chapter of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.

Cohosted by the Hawaii State Library’s Edna Allyn Room for Children and Language, Literature and History Section and the Hawaii Center for the Book.


If you need a sign language interpreter or other accommodation, please call the library,

(808) 586-3510, at least two weeks prior to the program.


*For more in-depth workshops and information about writing and illustrating children's books, our upcoming Children's Book Conference might be the thing for you! Featuring 2015 Caldecott Medal Recipient Dan Santat, New Leaf Literary & Media Agent Suzie Townsend, Artful Editor Founder Naomi Long Eagleson, and local Author/Illustrator Kirsten Carlson. Visit for more information.

SCBWI panel final