Event Report: Writing & Illustrating for Young Readers

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Personal highlights of the summer include my teaching a workshop and speaking at Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers in Sandy, Utah (Salt Lake City area).

I participated as a faculty member in WIFYR at the bequest of my long-time friend, fellow author, and WIFYR chair Carol Lynch Williams, shown here at King’s English Bookshop.

Thank you to my brilliant assistant, Courtney, as well as my other utterly splendid YA fantasy/paranormal
workshop students — Andria, Aurie, Camille, Elliott, Lana, Paige, Sarah
and Suzanne for making the experience such a success!

Alas, I didn’t manage to get (non-blurry) photos of the whole faculty, but here’s a peek at:

Fellow faculty member Matt Kirby
Fellow faculty Tim Wynne-Jones
I hugely enjoyed visiting with each of them and all of them–authors, editors, and agent! The attendees were all upbeat and terrific company, too.
After the conference, Greg and I spent a couple of extra days in the Salt Lake City area.
We visited the zoo…
Saw some big kitties…
And then I took him to pet the dinosaurs!

2 thoughts on “Event Report: Writing & Illustrating for Young Readers

  1. You were the best! I really feel so lucky that I got to sit in class with you every morning for the week.

    Thanks so much —

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