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“Understanding Children’s and YA Markets” with Literary Agent Fiona Kenshole

October 4, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Fiona Kenshole, Transatlantic Agency at Willamette WritersOn Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, at the Historic Old Church in downtown Portland, Willamette Writers hosts literary agent Fiona Kenshole. She’ll speak about Understanding Children’s and YA Markets. Join us!

Fiona is a literary agent with the Transatlantic Agency, exclusively specializing in children’s books, from debuts to film deals. She is an accredited member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, representing picture books through young adult. Fiona enjoys the editorial midwifery and career management part of being an agent, especially nurturing the creativity of her clients. She maintains close relationships with editors and publishers in New York, London, and Toronto, and film producers and agents in LA.

Fiona brings a lifetime of passion and experience of children’s and YA books. She was still just a teen when she started working in a children’s bookshop. After graduating from Cambridge University she went on to spend 20 years as the publishing director at Oxford University Press, Hodder (the UK arm of Little, Brown), and HarperCollins. Fiona has worked with major names and debut authors on both sides of the Atlantic. Her authors have won every major British children’s literary award, and several have become million copy bestsellers. Fiona was nominated for “Editor of the Year” at the British Book Awards.

In 2004 she became Vice President of Development Acquisition at Laika Inc. and worked with directors, producers and screenwriters on three Oscar nominated films: THE BOXTROLLS, CORALINE and PARANORMAN.

She lives and works in Portland, Oregon, though her clients are scattered throughout the US and the rest of the world.

Join us at the Old Church on October 4th on the corner of SW 11th and Clay to learn more about the dynamic world of YA and the children’s book market from a literary agent.

Doors open at 6:30 pm and Fiona speaks at 7 pm. The meeting is free to members of Willamette Writers and $5 for guests.

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October 4, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Old Church, Portland
1422 SW 11th
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 222-2031


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