“Create Your Book” workshop started as a desire to reproduce what Ben's parents had done for him when they published his first book -"Weirdo". An initiative to reward and encourage his writing. When children create their own books and take them home with them, they feel proud and recognized. And they have a beautiful book to remind them of their achievement forever.
Our workshops are preceded by a presentation about our journey publishing children's books independently. We share our books with the audience and read a few extracts of "The Magic Pencil". After the presentation we invite children to join our workshop. All material is provided.
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Children think of a short story they would each like to write. There will be some themes available if they would like to use those.
We have a “minute of silence” for the children to imagine their story and then they start writing it on a sheet of paper.
Once the story is complete we will “edit” it and rewrite on separate pages for the book.
Children start drawing a few illustrations for the story, specially the little ones who might want to have more drawings and only a few words. Parents are invited to help younger ones.
We then compile the pages together and create a cover and a title for the book.
The book is bound together and the children take it home.
Thanks to the libraries and events who hosted us recently: Tawa Library, Palmerston North City Library, Big Book Bash Carterton, Johnsonville Library, Te Patikitiki Library, Coastella Music Festival, Just So Festival