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LEARN FROM THE MASTERS AT THE SOUTHAMPTON
CHILDREN’S LITERATURE CONFERENCE 
Caldecott Medal Winner Ed Young, New York Times Bestselling
Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and award-winning authors Tor Seidler and Margaret
McMullan will headline the Southampton Children’s Literature Conference, July
28-August 1. Part of the internationally renowned Southampton Writer’s
Conferences sponsored by Stony Brook Southampton’s acclaimed MFA in Writing and
Literature Program, the Children’s Literature Conference offers a unique forum
for established and emerging writers, artists, and lovers of children’s
literature to study and discuss the craft of writing for young readers. 
The Southampton Writer’s Conference, which Tom Wolfe has called ‘the
best conference in the Country,’ is known for its prestigious faculty and for
attracting participants from around the world. The Children’s Literature
Conference is ‘rapidly becoming one of the best places in the country to learn
about writing for young people,’ according to Conference Director Emma Walton
Hamilton, who is also Executive Director of the MFA Program’s Young American
Writers Project (YAWP) and Editorial Director for The Julie Andrews Collection
publishing program.  
Attendees are guided through workshops, lectures and group discussions
by world-renowned authors, illustrators and editors, while enjoying the summer
resort of the Hamptons on the East End of Long Island. Workshops for the 2010
Children’s Literature Conference include:
Caldecott Medal-Winning author/illustrator Ed
Young (Moon Bear, Lon Po Po) - ‘Words and Images in Storytelling’
Award-winning author Tor Seidler (The Wainscott
Weasel) - ‘All in the Telling: Writing Middle Grade Chapter Books’
Young Adult novelist Margaret McMullan (Sources
of Light) - ‘Write Now! A Crash Course in Writing for YA’
Editor/author Cindy Kane, ‘Jump
Start Your Story ‘ Writing for Ages 5 thru Young Adult’
Bestselling author/editor Emma Walton Hamilton
- ‘Just Write for Kids: The Art and Craft of Writing Picture Books"
 
Guest presenters Arlene Alda and Lisa DeSimini (‘Iris Has a Virus’), and
Jim and Kate McMullan (‘I Stink!!’), will explore the author/illustrator
collaborative process. Amy Krouse Rosenthal (‘Duck/Rabbit,’ ‘The Wonder 
Book’)
will discuss her work and screen one of her short films. Novelist/librarian 
Catherine
Creedon (‘Blue Wolf’) will head an elective on research for writers, and
Whiting Award-winning poet Julie Sheehan (‘Bar Book’), will offer ‘Meter 
Making’
for those who write in verse.
 
Emma Walton Hamilton, who also works as a freelance children’s book
editor and offers online courses in writing for children 
(www.justwriteforkids.com), will lead an elective on marketing in the
digital age. Walton Hamilton has co-authored twenty children’s books with her
mother, Julie Andrews, five of which have been on the New York Times best-seller 
list, including the recent anthology, Julie Andrews’ Collection
Of Poems, Songs, And Lullabies. Her book, Raising Bookworms:
Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment, premiered as a #1
best-seller on Amazon.com in the literacy category. 
 
The application deadline for the 2010 Children’s Literature Conference
is May 15. Information is available at http://www.stonybrook.edu/writers/children. 



Posted by Jeanette Larson, Larson Library Consulting, Pflugerville, TX 

larsonlibrary@yahoo.com

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