At the Packaging Your Imagination conference I attended in Toronto for children’s book writers and illustrators I met so many interesting people, all eager to talk about their writing projects. It was just great! Inspired by the drawing of one of presenters Ruth Ohi and emboldened by several books I’ve read recently about how everyone can be an artist, I decided to do some quick sketches of ten of the writers I chatted with to give you an idea of the variety of folks I met.
A television weather reporter who has an idea for a non-fiction book explaining weather to children. A young mother working on a book inspired by her kids about a loaf of pumpernickel bread and a pickle. An accountant who has finished a book about friendship he wrote for his two sons. A woman who loves the north and has written a book about grizzly bears. Her husband is a nature photographer who took the pictures for the book. A former garment industry executive who has finished a book about a raccoon that lived on the streets of Toronto. An auntie who has attended the conference several times before and writes poems for her nieces and nephews. The mother of an employee at a major publishing house who has written a historical fiction novel that involves time travel. A woman who wishes she were Italian but isn’t and has published two books for children- one about hoarding and another about food intolerance. The owner of a Newfoundland dog who has published a book about how autistic children deal with sensory overload.
And that’s just a sample of the intriguing writers I met. Although the speakers at the conference were great – chatting with the interesting people who are also working on children’s books was just as fascinating.