So you want to write a picture book. Stories for young children are usually short and that leads many to think that writing for them is easy. You’ll be in for a surprise as it is even more difficult than writing for adults. We tend to moralise, teach a lesson – write stories which bore kids to death. Join Chen Chih-Yuan, three-time winner of the prestigious Hsin Yi Picture Book Award, as he shows you how he writes stories for picture books. Where do ideas come from? Should they be solely based on our imaginations? How to write stories that will pass the test of time – being loved and remembered even years later? What qualities make a good picture book for the young child? Don’t waste time by making the same silly mistakes.
儿童图书写作 – 陈致元,台灣
Chen Chih-Yuan is a renowned picture book writer and illustrator from Taiwan. Chen is a three-time winner of the prestigious Hsin Yi Picture Book Award for Memory, a wordless picture book, Guji Guji and On My Way to Buy Eggs. The English-language translation of Guji Guji appeared on the New York Times Bestseller Top 10 List, and On My Way to Buy Eggs won the Publishers Weekly Best Illustrated Book of the Year. He has more than 10 picture books, and many have been published in different countries, including the US, France, Germany, Netherlands, Japan, and Korea.
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