Youth literature conference kicks off this weekend


Have you ever thought about writing a children’s book? You can learn more about this at the Children’s Literature Conference which begins online Friday. An intensive teen-only writing course is just one of the free workshops offered this weekend.

The Twentieth Biennial Literature and Children Conference kicks off Friday online from O’ahu. The Honolulu Theater for Youth will conduct readings by featured writers and artists.

Lehua Parker, a graduate of Kamehameha schools, writes speculative fictions that often take place in Hawai’i. Author of the well-received Niuhi Shark Saga series, Parker premieres Saturday morning. After that, free workshops for teenagers begin.

Others may attend sessions on, for example, how to write books that turn children into readers. There is a session on making bilingual storybooks for Pacific Islanders.

On Saturday afternoon, the offerings include a conversational story with Alice Guild, who helped save Iolani’s palace from a time of crisis in 1969. She will discuss her first books.

Isolation and downtime during COVID has prompted many people to write more – emails to friends, texts, even newspapers and blogs. On Sundays, the authors share the paths of the publication, among other sessions.

Then on Monday the conference will travel to the island of Hawaii with insights from a Volcano artist / author – hear from the librarians of Hilo, Kealakekua and Kailua-Kona.

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