9:00 AM09:00

SCBWI Workshop

Morning Workshop

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Mistakes & Detours: Try & Try Again

Poppy’s Best Paper was inspired by the author’s own 4th grade paper. But rejections rolled in when Poppy started life as a blue raccoon made of clay. Join us as we learn about one author/illustrator’s roller coaster path to publication & the results of perseverance.

Are You an Author/Illustrator?

When should you step back and allow someone else to put pictures to your words? You have worked for years to draw/create the characters in your own text in just the right way. How do you handle it when an editor or agent suggests that someone other than you should illustrate the book you have written? Using the example of Susan Eaddy’s book, Poppy Best Paper, we explore this scenario in detail. This session will give writers and illustrators a glimpse of the editorial process that books undergo prior to publication.

Afternoon Workshop

2:00  PM – 5:00 PM

Pacing & Composition in Picture Books

How do pacing & composition contribute to expanding the story told with pictures? This visual presentation explores well-known picture books and breaks down the reasons that some work exceptionally well. Join us as we discover what is behind the best books that have persisted through the ages.

An Illustrator’s Journey From Thumbnail Sketches to Finished Book

Clay Illustrator Susan Eaddy takes you through the steps in creating one of her books, from start to finish. She shows her process of creating storyboards, sketches, making palette choices and working collaboratively with an Art Director. Whether you work digitally or traditionally, these insights will be helpful for anyone who wants to know more about illustrating books for children. For authors, this look at the steps an illustrator follows in the creation of a picture book will enable you to approach your next project with deeper insights into how illustrations and words work together to tell the strongest stories.

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10:00 AM10:00

Mistakes & Detours, Try Try Again!

Children's books offer some of the best reading material around. Have you ever dreamed of writing and publishing one? Or maybe you're an artist interested in illustration. Would you like to meet people who share your passion?


If so, join us on January 20, 10:00 AM, at the Huntsville-Madison County downtown library auditorium as the Southern Breeze chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators presents a workshop titled "Mistakes and Detours--Try, Try Again!"


Susan Eaddy, children's book author and illustrator, will tell you about her roller coaster path to publication and the importance of perseverance.


Also, we will have an informal critique session, so bring a few pages of your own work.


Call 256-772-3433 for more information on this informative workshop on writing for children. We'll see you at 10:00 AM, Saturday, January 20, at the downtown library auditorium. 

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2:00 PM14:00

ALA Midwinter- Atlanta GA

Peace Dragon series creator Linda Ragsdale (Words and Not Opposites) and author friends Susan Eaddy (Poppy’s Best Paper) and Jessica Young (My Blue is Happy) discuss how books can be seeds for growing a more compassionate world. The authors will explore how the concepts of view, voice, and choice bloom through their characters and stories, opening the door to building a library of books that express similar themes. 

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2:00 PM14:00

Faye B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival

Kicking off a Dream, a Cowdfunding Success Story
Susan Eaddy*
Clay Illustrator Susan Eaddy tells the story of her unusual collaboration with author Julie Hedlund from their first meeting in Bologna Italy, all the way through the funding of this dream book project with a successful Kickstarter campaign. She’ll reveal what they learned with all of the mistakes and glory, and show the birth of My Love for You is the Sun from start to finish.

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to Oct 12

Southern Festival of Books

October 11th

12:00 pm Legislative Plaza room 29

Kicking off a Dream, a crowdfunding success story

Susan Eaddy and Julie Hedlund tell the story of their unusual collaboration from their first meeting in Bologna Italy, all the way through the funding of this dream book project with a successful Kickstarter campaign. They’ll reveal what they learned with all of the mistakes and glory, and show the birth of My Love for You is the Sun from start to finish.


October 12

12:00 pm Youth Stage

Southern Festival Youth Stage

 Come meet the author and Illustrator of My Love for You is the Sun.  Author Julie Hedlund and Illustrator Susan Eaddy will provide story starters and clay craft kits so you can make your OWN clay picture to take home.

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4:00 PM16:00

Franklin Teen Library-Franklin Main Library, Columbia Pike

Susan Eaddy will join with author Julie Hedlund to show and tell about the making of My Love for You is the Sun.

This Power point presentation shows the process of writing and illustrating this book from start to finish.

 Julie will disclose her writing process with tips for students; Susan will show her process, from research to sketches to final clay artwork.

The importance of collaboration and cooperation in working with a client is stressed, as well as stories of making mistakes (many) and why they made the book better.

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