Workshop: The Insider’s Guide to Writing and Publishing for Young Readers

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July 12-14 ,2018 – in Charlottetown PEI
Workshop is open to writers of children’s literature of all ages

No matter what stage of writing you’re at—from concept to first draft or beyond—this workshop offers the inside scoop on the world of publishing and self-publishing. Join us July 12 through 14 in beautiful Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island for a workshop full of practical suggestions and writing inspiration.

Created by facilitators Cynthia Good and Rick Wilks, the workshop first ran in Charlottetown in 2015, and then again in 2017, to great success. A partnership between UPEI and Toronto’s Humber College, home to the renowned Humber School for Writers, the workshop will be offered again in 2018, building on the strengths of the past workshops. More time will be devoted to writing feedback, and Sarah Sawler, children’s author and publicist, will join the facilitators to highlight what every writer needs to know about getting their books into the hands of readers.

Each workshop day is divided into writing and publishing segments. The hours devoted to writing will provide the opportunity to get feedback on some of your writing, or to develop an outline for your book if you are in the development stage.

The publishing segments will look at the current publishing landscape, explore traditional and self-publishing models, provide business details, and help you to construct a query letter for publishers and literary agents.

Each participant will leave the workshop with new directions for their manuscript, enriched knowledge of publishing, and an effective query letter.

You should attend if you find yourself asking these questions:

  • Where can I get feedback on my kids’ manuscript?
  • What’s the best way to publish my book?
  • Which Canadian publishers may be interested in my work?
  • How does self-publishing work and is it for me?
  • What literary agents represent kids’ books?
  • How can I market myself and my book?
  • Can I learn about the publishing process for kids’ and adult books?

For more information contact

See the website to register. Registration will begin mid March!


About the facilitators:

Cynthia Good has been a leader in the publishing industry for many years. She was appointed the first editorial director of Penguin Books Canada and went on to become president and publisher. Over her twenty years with Penguin, she established a publishing program which grew into one of the most successful in Canada. After Penguin she joined Humber College.

At Humber, Cynthia developed the Creative Book Publishing program and mentored over 300 students. In 2014, she stepped down from that position to focus on program and community outreach until retiring in 2016. In recognition of her accomplishments at Humber, she was named director emeritus and was awarded the Humber Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Rick Wilks co-founded Annick Press in 1975 and has been its sole director since 2000. Annick has been recognized as one of the most innovative publishers of fiction, non-fiction and picture books for children and young adults, publishing, among others, Robert Munsch, Sharon McKay, Kathy Stinson, Allan Stratton and Kevin Sylvester. Rick oversees all aspects of the publishing process, with a special emphasis on acquisitions.

His publishing philosophy stresses projects that are dynamic and developed to the highest literary standards. A joy of reading experience is essential to capture the minds and hearts of youth. Annick titles encourage critical thinking and the development of children’s inner resources so that, in addition to becoming confident, contributing members of their communities, they are also engaged with society at large and their peers around the globe. Annick was recently nominated for International Publisher of the Year.

Rick also co-founded the National Reading Campaign, where he has served as co-chair and currently sits as a board member. The Campaign’s goal of advocating for reading as a national public good addresses one of Rick’s highest priorities.

For more information, including details on the workshop, accommodations, and how to register, visit Registration will be open soon.

Cynthia Good will be happy to answer any questions you might have about the workshop, contact her at: