Annick Press 2023 Mentorship Supporting Writers Historically Excluded from Children’s Publishing

Annick Press’s 2023 Mentorship Supporting Writers Who Have Been Historically Excluded from Children’s Publishing is now open for applications!

Selected writers will receive a $1,000 honorarium to develop their children’s book idea alongside an Annick editor for the four-month mentorship period starting in late Fall 2023.

The deadline for submitting an application is September 29th at 5:00 p.m. ET.

More details and the application form can be found on Annick’s website.   

Registration: U of T SCS 1717-093

1717 – Writing for Children: Introduction

About this course
This course is the first step in the children’s writing stream of the Certificate in Creative Writing. You’ll explore the vibrant world of children’s literature, absorb basic literary technique and emerge with a draft of a picture book, story or opening chapter. You’ll meet a community of writers working in your genre and pick up advanced tips on writing picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels and young adult fiction. There will also be a primer on how to get published.

What you’ll learn
Understand the structure and techniques of telling stories for children.
Know trends and innovations in Canadian children’s literature.
Understand the publishing process.
Complete a draft of a picture book or early reader, or the opening chapter of a middle grade or young adult novel.

Classes are online and recorded. Attendance in the live sessions is not mandatory.

Classes run from September 26 – November 14 (weekly on the Tuesday), 6:30-900 PM, ET.

For full information and to register,

Join me and the WGA for a Summer Intensive!

Moving Your Manuscript Forward “ A WGA Intensive with Natasha Deen

August 15th, 7-9 pm MDT & October 4th, 7-9 pm MDT
WGA Members: $150
Non-members $200
Maximum 12 participants

Are you looking to move your manuscript forward, but stuck or unsure of what your next steps should be? In our upcoming Move Your Manuscript Forward Intensive, Natasha Deen

will examine the importance of character development and the business of writing in two separate online workshops, followed by thirty-minute blue pencil sessions with each participant.

Participants may submit up to three pages of work (1500 words maximum, 1-inch margins, DOUBLE-spaced. Please submit your pages as a Word .docx file, saved as œLast Name_First Name) by August 8th. Participants are welcome to submit in any genre. This intensive is open to writers of any level; however, a finished draft will be an advantage.

Workshop 1 “ Character is Key: August 15th, 7-9 pm MDT (Online)

Story centers around character, their hopes, goals, triumphs, fears, and failures. Readers love a good character, but they’ll reread (and reread!) a great character. Join Natasha for the ten ways to deepen your character, and turn them from good to great.

Workshop 2 “ The Business of Writing: October 4th, 7-9 pm MDT (Online)

You’ve attended the query writing workshops, you’ve sat in on the editor and agent workshops, but the question”what’s required to turn a passion for writing from a hobby to career”lingers. Join Natasha for a candid discussion on what it takes to survive (and thrive) in the publishing industry.

Links for the online sessions and Blue Pencil SignUps (one thirty-minute session per participant, following each workshop) will be sent to you after receipt of payment.

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