University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Save the date for 2018!

March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)
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Michelle Parker-Rock



Sonya Sones

Michelle Parker-Rock is the author of the Authors Kids Love Series, nine authorized diverse biographies of award-winning contemporary children’s book writers. She is also the Editor of the First Edition Book Project at Southwest Human Development and a Regional Advisor Emeritus for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

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Scheduled events:
Creating Stories from Family Experiences
Family experiences provide a rich source of ideas for writing picture books that connect to children's lives, inviting laughter and tears. Join three picture book authors as they share the stories behind their books.

Education Room 333 (Seats 40, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jessixa Bagley, Joe Hayes, Myron Uhlberg
Moderator: Michelle Parker-Rock
Creating Books for Very Young Children
Author/illustrators of picture books for very young children will share their strategies for creating effective picture books that capture the attention and participation of young children

Education Room 333 (Seats 40, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Phoebe Fox, Michael Hale, Jeremy Tankard, Emma J. Virján
Moderator: Michelle Parker-Rock
First Edition: Submitting a Manuscript to Book Competitions
One method of getting a book published is to submit a manuscript to a competition. An editor, author, and illustrator will share their experiences with a particular competition, First Edition, and provide tips for authors interested in pursuing this option for their own work.

Education Room 349 (Seats 46, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Phoebe Fox, Michael Hale, Michelle Parker-Rock
Moderator: Michelle Parker-Rock
Writing and Selling Books for Middle Grade Readers
Three successful writers of middle grade novels will share tips for writing and selling a middle grade novel. The three authors vary in their backgrounds and in the types of books they have published and provide suggestions based on their differing experiences in the book industry.

Education Room 333 (Seats 40, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Cheryl Blackford, James Burks, Lisa Papademetriou
Moderator: Michelle Parker-Rock

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
Monark Premium Appliance Company
William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

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