Are you finding the writing journey a struggle filled with roadblocks? Thanks to the Writers Union of Canada National Public Reading Grant, Muskoka Authors Association presents a ZOOM meeting on June 9, 2021 with author, Catherine Austen. She will share advice on writing and publishing for both children and adults, her experience, both positive and disheartening, and how to stay confident despite the obstacles you may be experiencing. Catherine will read one of her short stories, introduce her new picture book and talk about appealing to both the children and adult book markets.
Austen’s books have won the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award, the Quebec Writers’ Federation Prize for Children’s Literature, the Sunburst Award, and the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award. Catherine is a literacy tutor for Sage Youth, a mentor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and an editor of the annual youth-writing anthology, Pot-pourri (Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association). She has given writing workshops and presentations from coast to coast. She is grateful for the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Catherine crafts her stories from her home in Gatineau, Quebec.
Catherine has taught creative writing to aspiring authors of all ages and is an occasional editor and mentor. She is also an avid reader, an animal-lover, a quilter, a flat-water kayaker, and a mother/ wife/ sister/ friend of many wonderful people. Her favourite things in the world are books and animals. If she had to choose between them, she would choose animals because they are alive. Austen says, “Books are not alive, though the best ones feel that way.”
Zoom Room opens at 6:50 pm; meeting starts at 7:00 pm.
Fee: MAA Members: Free, Non-Members: $20