Wednesday, 3 June 2015

The Official Media Release

Tinderbox: igniting and fuelling the fire of NZ children’s writers and illustrators

Tinderbox is a professional conference for new and established children’s writers and illustrators to be held at St Catherine’s College, Kilbirnie, Wellington, 2 - 5 October 2015. The conference aims to shed light on new writing and illustration practices, inform about current practices and practitioners, and otherwise foster and energise its delegates

The programme includes practical workshops, informative panel discussions, and insightful keynote speakers. Topics range from self-publishing, book production, marketing and contracts, public presentation skills, to next-steps for published writers, first-five-page manuscript critiques, and meet the small presses. There will also be an innovative, real-time, collaborative project that will run alongside the main sessions. 

The cost of the conference is $400 for three days, Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th October, and includes lunches, drinks at the Children’s Bookshop on Friday, and dinner on Saturday. Monday 5th October is a dedicated Illustrators’ Day, the cost of which is incorporated in the conference fee. While this can be attended as a stand-alone event, for a fee of $100, the full conference has much to offer illustrators and is highly recommended.

The conference programme will be available to view online in early June and registrations open on 15th June. Early bookings are recommended as the last conference held in Wellington, Spinning Gold 2009, sold out within four hours.

Tinderbox offers a range of activities and experiences for writers and illustrators at all stages of their career and is being organised by the Wellington Children’s Book Association, P O Box 1242 Wellington. 

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