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“Author/Illustrator Collaboration” at Young Willamette Writers

May 3, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

On May 3, the Young Willamette Writers meet at the Old Church in Portland to learn about picture book writing and illustrating from a pair of sisters who had the good fortune of collaborating on Dill and Bizzy: An Odd Duck and a Strange Bird (HarperCollins, 2016).

Here’s what they have to say about what they have in store for the YWW’s:

Have you ever thought about writing a picture book? Some people think that a picture book text is the same as any story, just shorter, but this isn’t usually the case. And what about getting your story illustrated? How does that happen? Come find out what makes a picture book text unique and how the author/illustrator collaboration works. Local sisters Nora and Lisa Ericson will lead a short writing exercise and discuss their experience publishing their first picture book.

Nora & Lisa EricsonSisters Nora & Lisa Ericson are originally from upstate New York, and both majored in art at Yale before heading west. Lisa lived in the Bay Area for ten years and studied Graphic Design at UC Berkeley. Nora made a few stops in California (one of them being a year living in Lisa’s closet) and studied writing for children at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Since they seem to be incapable of living more than a few blocks apart for any extended amount of time, they are now both happy to be raising young families in the Mt Tabor neighborhood of Portland. Their picture book debut, Dill & Bizzy: An Odd Duck and a Strange Bird, was published by HarperCollins in January, 2016 and their second book,Dill & Bizzy: Opposite Day will be published in January, 2017.

Our Young Willamette Writers meetings are free and open to any student in 5th-10th grades.


May 3, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Old Church, Portland
1422 SW 11th
Portland, OR 97201
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(503) 222-2031

Teresa Klepinger

Teresa Klepinger is the Portland Young Willamette Writers Program Leader. This is a group of young people, ages 13-18, who are passionate about writing and want to learn from authors about developing their craft. Teresa loves working with kids. She is the “Storylady” at the Sherwood Library and conducts creative writing workshops for students. Contact her.