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L to R: Podcast host Josh Lemoine with authors Rachel Eugster and Katherine Battersby.

Podcast: Local children’s authors Rachel Eugster and Katherine Battersby

By Josh Lemoine on March 15, 2018

Are you an aspiring children’s book writer? This weeks podcast is for you!

We chat with local authors Rachel Eugster and Katherine Battersby about an upcoming writing conference hosted by the Canadian chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI Canada East).

The SCBWI is a unique organization with chapters around the world supporting both published and future authors. The Canadian chapter is more than 20 years old.

Of course, the dream of being an author is spending most days sitting around with your computer, in your pyjamas, drinking tea. That may be the case for some, but it’s an incredibly hard industry to crack into. SCBWI’s conferences put on workshops for attendees, and provide access to industry insiders to help get your foot in the door.

If you’ve never written a book or been published before, it can be an intimidating goal. Organizations like SCBWI create a sense of community in an industry where you often don’t get to meet your peers or like-minded individuals.

“It’s not [a competitive atmosphere],” says Eugster. “It’s incredibly warm and helpful and welcoming. It’s one of the nicest professional worlds I’ve ever encountered.”

On this week’s podcast, we chat with Eugster and Battersby about the conference, their experiences in the industry, and what draws them to children’s literature.

“They’re condensed form with an expansion of meaning,” Battersby says. “They’re tiny in word limit, but the meaning is huge, and the feelings you can capture in such a small space are really large.”

The SCBWI Canada East conference runs April 27–29 at the Albert at Bay Suites Hotel. Registration is ongoing, info available here via the menu in the upper right-hand corner. Space is limited, so book early to reserve your spot!

Deadlines:

  • Register asap to participate in the illustrators’ pre-conference workshop (already under way)!
  • Deadline for submitting materials for a one-on-one critique with an industry professional is March 20.
  • Cut-off date for a discount on rooms at Albert at Bay Suites is March 26
  • Deadline to submit a first page, a pitch paragraph, or a postcard for the “First Pages” session is April 20.

This interview aired on CHUO 89.1fm on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.