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Asian Festival of Children’s Content
23–26 May 2024

Led by Lawrence Schimel, Senior Editor of NorthSouth Books, this workshop will provide editors and publishers with the opportunity to hone their editing skills, and gain tips on how to refine their picture book manuscripts to make them publication ready. From addressing plot holes and tightening prose to strengthening pacing and dialogue, attendees will gain hands-on experience in revising and polishing manuscripts to achieve clarity, coherence, and emotional impact.

editing picture book writing

Lawrence Schimel

Lawrence Schimel (US)

Lawrence Schimel (New York, 1971) is a full-time author, writing in both Spanish and English, based in Madrid, Spain, who has published over 130 books in a wide range of genres. His picture books have won a Crystal Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a White Raven from the International Youth Library in Munich, and have been chosen by IBBY for Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities (three times), among other honors. His writings have been translated into over sixty languages, including Korean, Japanese, Filipino, Chinese, Urdu, Farsi, Kurdish, and Basque. In addition to his own writing, he is a prolific literary translator, primarily into English and into Spanish, who has published over 160 books. His translations into English have won a Batchelder Honor from the American Library Association, a PEN Translates Award from English PEN (three times), and a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship (with Layla Benitez-James), among other honors. He is Editorial Director for Ediciones NorteSur, the Spanish-language imprint of children’s book publisher NorthSouth Books.

Programme dates and times are subject to change.

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