A workshop on writing and illustrating children's storybooks

From the 8th to the 19th of December 2003, PRAESA will host a workshop on writing and ilustrating storybooks for children aged 0 to 10 in the Arts Block at UCT. The illustration workshop will stretch over two weeks, while there will be two week-long writing workshops (focusing on children of slightly older ages in the second week). Participants interested in writing are welcome to attend both workshops.

The workshop will be run by Leen van den Berg and Jan de Kinder of Belgium. Both have considerable experience in writing and illustrating children's books in Europe, and conducted PRAESA's successful children's book workshop last year.

PRAESA's focus is to encourage the development of children's literature in African languages (including Afrikaans) as well as in English. To this end, writers and illustrators from an African language background are particularly encouraged to attend. While the workshop will be conducted in English, writers are welcome to write in their home languages.

It is possible that some writers and illustrators will be approached to have their stories published at the end of the workshop process.

Participants will need to:
a) Have some knowledge of and interest in the area of children's
picture storybooks
b) Be keen to develop children's storybooks
c) Think about possible themes they would like to explore in the
d) Think of the age group they wish to concentrate on.

If you are enthusiastic about writing and/or illustrating children's stories, but have not yet had your work published, you are invited to contact Carolize Jansen at 650 5191 or cjansen@ched.uct.ac.za or Carole Bloch at the above number for details.





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