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Jumpstart Writing Workshops 2016

Copperfield's Bookstore 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Mondays: October 3, 10, 17, 24

November 7, 14, 21, 28

Petaluma Community Center 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma

9:30 am to 11:30 am

Tuesdays: November 1, 8, 15, 22

Jumpstart does not meet at PCC in October

I enjoyed everything: the prompts, the atmosphere and the variety of writing. — Sherry

Writers Forum

October 20, 2016  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Petaluma Community Center

Natasha Yim: From Picture Books to Young Adult: The ins and outs of writing kid lit

Do you need an agent? Do you have to hire an illustrator for your picture book? How do you format a picture book vs. a middle grade or young adult manuscript? Natasha Yim will walk you through writing and publishing in the kid lit world.

Natasha Yim is a children’s author, freelance writer, and playwright. She has published  four picture books: Otto’s Rainy Day (Charlebridge Publishing 2000); Cixi, The Dragon Empress (Goosebottom Books, 2011); Sacajawea of the Shoshone (Goosebottom Books, 2012), and Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas (Charlesbridge Publishing, 2014), which was a Junior Library Guild selection and a 2015 Scholastic Book Club selection.

Natasha  has written for the children’s magazines, “Highlights for Children”, “Faces”, and “Appleseeds”, and is a regular contributor to Mendocino Arts Magazine. Natasha’s ten-minute plays have been produced in venues around Northern California and internationally in Australia, New Zealand, and Malaysia. She is currently working on a multicultural middle grade novel and a multicultural historical young adult novel and has two picture books on submission with her agent.

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