Children’s book writing & illustrating conference Dec. 16

If you are interested in writing or illustrating for children, you won’t want to miss this all day conference at the Fairfield Public Library. Popular children’s authors, illustrators, editors and agents will offer writers and prospective writers advice and inspiration. The conference will be held on Friday, Dec. 16, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Main Library, 1080 Old Post Road. Registration is required as space is limited.

“People always dream about writing a children’s book,” says Town Librarian Karen Ronald, “this event offers a wonderful opportunity to be inspired by some of the best children’s authors and illustrators in our area.”

The day begins with an opening address from renowned author Patricia Reilly Giff, “Writing from the Heart.” Attendees may then choose between a picture book or middle grade panel discussion. The Picture Book Panel, “32 Pages to Paint a Story with Words and Pictures”, includes the authors and illustrators, Deborah Freedman, Karlin Gray, Susan Hood, Tracy Newman, Anne Rockwell, Lizzy Rockwell and Jennifer Thermes. The Middle Grade Panel, “There is No Such Thing as Stuck in the Middle: The Power of the Middle Grade Novel”, includes authors Tony Abbott, Nora Raleigh Baskin, Elise Broach, Anne Haywood Leal, Michaela MacColl, Christine Pakkala and Susan Ross.

During the lunch break from noon-1, Fairfield Public Library Children’s Librarians will discuss their favorite books and their method of selecting great stories for our community.

In the afternoon, children’s book publisher and editor, Christy Ottaviano, will take us behind the scenes for the release of the book Masterpiece; author and illustrator Rosemary Wells and her daughter, agent Victoria Wells Arms, will talk about “45 Years in Children’s Books and Another 25 from the Next Generation”; and Connie Rockman, children’s literary specialist and storyteller, will give the closing address, “Passages of Hope”.

The conference will conclude with a reception from 4-5:30 where attendees can mingle with the presenters as well as buy books and have them personally signed.

The Library’s community partner, the Fairfield University Bookstore, will be selling books at the Library throughout the day — a great opportunity to also pick up a few holiday gifts.

All programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free. To register, or for more information about this and other programs, visit or call 203-256-3160.

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