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Children's Book World, Los Angeles

Children’s Book World
Los Angeles

Yes--THIS IS A COOKIE!  Lyndall Otto, bookseller extraordinaire ordered them as a surprise.

Yes–THIS IS A COOKIE! Lyndall Otto, bookseller extraordinaire ordered them as a surprise.

My Uncle Davie and my mom are among my biggest fans.

My Uncle Davie and my mom are among my biggest fans.

Emma and Izzy in the play at our book launch at Hillside Pharmacy--Manhattan Beach's independent children's bookstore cleverly disguised as a pharmacy.

Emma and Izzy perform in the play at the book launch!

Me and the three wonderful actors--Emma, Izzy and Avery

Me and the three wonderful actors –Emma, Izzy and Avery

Student observing, then writing at workshop in First Presbyterian Weekday School in Northridge, CA

I’ve performed, lectured and taught in over 400 writing and poetry workshops across America and in England, Germany, Italy and Poland–what a kick!  Here are a few of them:

March, 2017…School visits in Japan
I’m excited!

January 10 – February 14, 2017…UCLA Extension Writers Program Writing Picture Books for Children 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
A beginning picture book writer’s boot camp I’ve taught since 1999: lots of work, lots of joy packed into six weeks.

October 1, 2016…Poetry Camp (for grown-ups!) 9:30am-3:30pm~ a day about sharing, teaching, and understanding poetry with thirty poets at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA

September 25, 2016, 10:15-10:30 am…storytelling at the Early Reader Stage; book signing right after at the Guest Author Signing Booth ~ Orange County Children’s Book Festival

September 17, 2016, 11 am…book signing/storytelling at the wonderful Once Upon a Story, Tustin, CA

April 20 – May 25, 2016…UCLA Extension Writers Program Writing Picture Books for Children 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
A beginning picture book writer’s boot camp I’ve taught since 1999: lots of work, lots of joy packed into six weeks.

April 9, 2016, noon – 1:50pm…signing More Than Enough~A Passover Story at the Los Angeles Festival of Books, in the SCBWI booth #831

April 2, 2016, 10:30am…signing More Than Enough~A Passover Story at Children’s Book World

March 26, 2016, 11am…{pages} ~ a bookstore at 11am…BOOK LAUNCH! for More Than Enough~A Passover Story  in Manhattan Beach, CA.  Storytime and a coloring activity for the littles, and a Behind-The-Scenes talk about how this book came to be for the adults. RSVPs are appreciated: 310-318-0900 or email info@pagesabookstore.com

March 18, 2016…Congregation Bat Yahm in Newport Beach

March 13, 2016…Congregation Tikvat Jacob in Manhattan Beach

March 12, 2015…SCBWI’s Redondo Beach Schmooze
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Topic: How I Write Every Day No Matter What
For more info contact:
Stephanie Dreyer ~ Writer/Blogger/Speaker http://veegmama.com

February 3 – March 10, 2015…UCLA Extension Writers Program Writing Picture Books for Children 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
A beginning picture book writer’s boot camp I’ve taught since 1999: lots of work, lots of joy packed into six weeks.

November 20, 2015…SCBWI’s Hollywood Schmooze
6:30-8:30 pm.
Topic: Picture Books
PLACE: 7916 Melrose Avenue, Suite 5, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (BUZZ office #5, The Law Offices of Warren Blum, Phone: 323-655-2219.)
Directions: Just west of Fairfax, on the south side of the street. Parking at meters or on side streets. Meters need to be fed until 8pm. 
HOST: Rhonda Hayter
SNACKS: Please bring to share.
For more info contact:
Deborah Fletcher Blum Author & Hollywood Schmooze Co-coordinator: 323-896-8661  http://deborahblum.blogspot.com

 

September 19-20, 2014…30th Annual Central Coast Writers’ Conference
I will be teaching a workshop (“The Agony and Ecstasy of Revising”), a teacher in-service (“Forgive Me–Writing Poems of Forgiveness & More”), a session with my wonderful and very smart friend, Greg Pincus (“Prose & Poetry: Traveling Down the Roads Not Taken”) and more!

August 6 – September 10, 2014…UCLA Extension Writers Program Writing Picture Books for Children 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
A beginning picture book writer’s boot camp I’ve taught since 1999: lots of work, lots of joy packed into six weeks.

May 18, 2014…The Whole Megillah Conference on Jewish Story produced by Barbara Krasner together with the Association of Jewish Libraries in New York City ~
I’m beyond honored to be on a panel with my amazing friend Deborah Heiligman, author of Intentions, winner of the 2013 Sydney Taylor Book Award for Teen Readers, Susan Lynn Meyer, author of Black Radishes, a 2011 Sydney Taylor Honor recipient for Older Readers, and Susan’s editor Rebecca Short.

May 1 – May 4, 2014…Poets’ Retreat, Georgia

April 8 – April 10, 2014…First Annual TeachingAuthors Retreat at Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat, Wheatland, Iowa

February 13 – March 27, 2014…UCLA Extension Writers Program Writing Picture Books for Children 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
A beginning picture book writer’s boot camp I’ve taught since 1999: lots of work, lots of joy packed into six weeks.

January 9, 2014 (Thursday) 7 pm, Manhattan Beach, CA…Poetry Reading (and snacks!) at {pages: a bookstore} with Peter Serchuk and Jennie Linthorst

July 10 – August 14, 2013…UCLA Extension Writers Program Writing Picture Books for Children 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
A beginning picture book writer’s boot camp I’ve taught since 1999: lots of work, lots of joy packed into six weeks.

May 30 Rolling Hills Prep ~ Author’s Luncheon speaker and student workshops

May 13 – June 17, 2013…UCLA Extension Writers Program Writing Picture Books for Children 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
A beginning picture book writer’s boot camp I’ve taught since 1999: lots of work, lots of joy packed into six weeks.

April 10-12, 2013…the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
I was thrilled to be on a poetry panel with Irene Latham and Robyn Hood Black ~ we were cooking up treats in a workshop on poems about food in two spectacular poetry anthologies for teachers: Poetry Friday Anthology for K-5 and Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School…and were highlighted (with a photo) in Publisher’s Weekly!

Cooking up poetry on our panel
(l to r):  April Halprin Wayland, Robyn Hood Black, and Irene Latham cook up poetry from the Poetry Friday Anthologies for a workshop at the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

March 6, 2013 Birney Elementary School‘s “Reading Under the Stars” Featured Author

January 29 – March 5, 2013…UCLA Extension Writers Program
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Writing Picture Books for Children
This is my boot camp class I’ve taught since 1999–lots of work, lots of joy–packed into six weeks.

September 22, 2012 Children’s Book World ~ 10:30 am ~ Los Angeles, CA

September 13, 2012 Once Upon A Time Bookstore ~ 7 pm PJ Storytime ~ Montrose, CA 

August 3-6, 2012 the 41st Annual Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference ~ Los Angeles, CA

July 12, 2012 3:30-5:30 pm Burbank Central Library Teen Poetry Workshop Burbank, CA

June 18, 2012 Association of Jewish Libraries annual convention — attending an author luncheon (the food was delish–the company was, too!).  This is the fabulous organization which gave New Year at the Pier the Sydney Taylor Book Award for Younger Readers.

April-May 2012 IRA (International Reading Association), Chicagoteaching in an Institute created by wonder woman and author Carolee Dean and including authors Kersten Hamilton, Esther Hershenhorn, Kimberley Griffiths Little, Carolyn Meyer,Uma Krishnaswami,Caroline Starr Rose,Lisa Schroeder, and moi.

April 3, 2012 First Presbyterian Weekday School (a FABULOUS school!)

March, 2011…IRC (Illinois Reading Council)–panel with TeachingAuthors.com; poetry cafe

February, 2011…Pennekamp Elementary School–two days of assemblies and workshop–Manhattan Beach, CA

January, 2011…DaVinci Science and DaVinci Design Schools, Lawndale, CA

November 6, 2010…YALSA Symposium, ALBQ, New Mexico speaker1

3:30-5 pm
The Forms and Faces of Poetry for Teens
I’m thrilled to be on this panel was created by MC Dr. Sylvia Vardell along with extraordinary poets Jen Bryant, Ann Burg, Margarita Engle, Betsy Franco, and Pat Mora.

October 5 – November 9, 2010…UCLA Extension Writers Program
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Writing Picture Books for Children
This is my regular boot camp class–lots of work, lots of joy–packed into six weeks.

Sept. 9, 2010…Congregtion Tikvat Jacob, Manhattan Beach, CA
Three amazing young actors perform the play NEW YEAR AT THE PIER during family services

 

July 4-7, 2010…Association of Jewish Libraries Convention, Seattle
To receive the Sydney Taylor Gold Medal!

June 22-August 3, 2010…UCLA Extension Writers Program
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Children’s Picture Book Writers’ Bag of Tricks: A Six-Week Workshop to Juice Up Your Writing
This is a brand new class I’m looking forward to teaching!

June 6, 2010…10th Annual El Segundo Author Fair
I’ll be there from 2-3 pm
From 12:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m, the El Segundo Public Library will host 35 authors as they meet the public and discuss their work.  The library is located at 111 W. Mariposa Avenue and Main Street.  (310) 524-2728.

April 23, 2010…interview for Poetry Month on The Miss Rumphius Effect

March 17-21, 2010…Illinois Reading Council’s 42nd annual conference

Workshop taught by Teaching Authors April Halprin Wayland, Carmela Martino, Esther Hershenhorn, JoAnn Early Macken, and Mary Ann Rodman.  Two magical, amazing and very smart professors from DePaul University-Roxanne Owens and Marie Donovan-introduced us and moderated our workshop, called
Flabby to Fab-y: Writing Workouts to Shape Up Your Curriculum.

As “personal trainers,” we warmed-up, stretched, strength-trained, cardio-ed and cooled down the attendees…and then awarded them tres cool certificates of completion to hang on their walls with pride.  And yes…we really did teach them one actual physical exercise!  In the break-out sessions we taught hands-on writing exercises.

January 26-February 23, 2010…Tuesdays
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Writing Picture Books for Children

The class I’ve taught for over eleven years through UCLA Extension Writers Program.  (This class is for rank beginners.)

December 14, 2009…Monday
10 a.m. – noon
Da Vinci Science Magnet
Hawthorne, CA

December 2, 2009…Wednesday
Los Angeles County Children’s Services–
Workshops for the Los Angeles County children’s and young adult librarians with poet Hope Anita Smith

November 21-22, 2009…Saturday & Sunday
California
School Library Association
Ontario, CA
Sunday, November 22 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: CSLA Author/Illustrator Brunch

Saturday, November 21 from 3:15 pm:

Serendipity-Do-Da! Happy Accidents in Writing
Presenter: Alexis O’Neill Co-presenters:
April Halprin Wayland, Michelle Markel, George Pilling
Accidents and laughter are second nature to creators of children’s books. Join award-winning authors who will share their brainstorming techniques, weird coincidences behind some of their books, and ideas for integrating popular children’s books in writing lessons. In addition to handouts, you will walk away with a new song!

November 15, 2009…Sunday
10 a.m.
Jewish Federation’s Annual Jewish Book Festival
Temple Beth Israel, 10 a.m.
Pomona, CA

November 8, 2009…Sunday
San Diego’s 15th Annual Jewish Book Fair
1 p.m.
San Diego, CA

November 7, 2009…Saturday
on a panel for WriteGirl ‘s Volunteer Retreat
at the Grammy Foundation
Santa Monica, CA

October 24, 2009…Saturday
Southern California
Independent Booksellers Association
Authors Feast and Trade Show

October 13-November 17, 2009…Tuesdays
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Writing Picture Books for Children

The class I teach through UCLA Extension Writers Program

October 10…Saturday
8:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Future Teacher and New Teacher Conferences
for new or future K-6 grade teachers
at the beautiful LMU campus in Southern California
Includes breakfast and lunch and a goodie bag!
A bargain at only $30! ($40 late registration)
(I’ll be at a retreat for UCLA Extension Writers Program Teachers…but this will be a terrific conference)

September 26, 2009…Sunday
Programs at  Congregation Tikvat Jacob
Manhattan Beach, CA

September 26, 2009…Saturday
10:30 a.m.
Children’s Book World
10:30 a.m. book reading and signing
10580 3/4 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064-0005
Can’t attend?  Call to reserve your autographed copy:
(310) 559-2665

September 20, 2009…Sunday
THIS IS IT–TASHLICH!  I’m not doing anything regarding the book…just tossin’ bread into the sea ~
Join Congregation Tikvat Jacob in celebrating the New Year on the Manhattan Beach pier at 5 pm
Manhattan Beach, CA

September 19, 2009…Saturday
10 a.m.-ish…Rosh Hashanah Family Service with Congregation Tikvat Jacob
Manhattan Beach, CA

September 18, 2009…Friday
7 pm-ish…Erev Rosh Hashanah with Congregation Tikvat Jacob at American Martyrs Church
Manhattan Beach, CA

September 15, 2009…Tuesday
7 pm ~ a simply amazing program
at the Redondo Beach Library !
303 North Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA
for more info contact the children’s librarian:
kimberly.bishop@redondo.org 310-318-0675

 

 

September 14, 2009…Monday
Programs at Valley Beth Shalom in the morning
and at Sinai Temple in the afternoon
Encino and West Los Angeles, CA

September 12, 2009…Saturday
Book Launch!  3-5 pm, Manhattan Beach
at Hillside Pharmacy
(our local independent bookstore cleverly disguised as a pharmacy)

signing starts at 3 p.m…dramatic reading at 3:30 p.m.
heavenly refreshments will be served!
1145 Artesia Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Can’t attend?  Call to reserve your autographed copy:
(310) 376-9456

September 12, 2009…Saturday
New Year at the Pier on the radio!  8 a.m. on one of my all-time favorite radio programs,
Uncle Ruthie’s Halfway Down the Stairs on KPFK

 

 

August 21, 2009…Friday

No, it’s not tashlich yet–that’s on Sept. 20th…but we will be celebrating at the beach with Congregation Tikvat Jacob. There will be a book sale, book reading, family picnic before Shabbat in Manhattan Beach, CA….at the bottom of 26th Street in MB.  Pay for parking up to 8pm; the MB police do NOT close the lot when we have services.

The evening’s schedule:
Books available for sale starting at 5:30 pm
6:00–bring your own dairy picnic
6:10–story reading
7:00–Kabbalat Shabbat

August 7-10, 2009
On the faculty of the 38th annual Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators Conference
in Century City
Los Angeles, CA

July 8-13, 2009
American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference
Chicago, IL

July 4-8, 2009
Jewish Library Association Annual Convention
Chicago, IL

June 11, 2009
NEW YEAR AT THE PIER–A Rosh Hashanah Story arrives in bookstores—yippee!

June 1, 2009 I flew into NY (from CA) for only one day–so this is how the President feels!
Book Expo America
Jewish Book Council’s Meet the Author Luncheon
New York, NY

April 28, 2009
30 Poets/30 Days

June 25, 2006
American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference
New Orleans, LA
panel: “Learning About Poetry from the Poets Themselves”
As the popularity of poetry for young people gains momentum, we can benefit from examining what poets themselves reveal about their own lives and writing processes. A panel of four poets, Pat Mora, Sonya Sones, April Halprin Wayland, and Janet Wong, will discuss how a writer’s life experiences bubble up in the poetry she/he creates. They offer a range of work for children and teens, as well as a variety of cultural perspectives.

June
Cerritos Elementary School–
Assemblies and poetry workshop for grades 4, 5, & 6
Cerritos, CA

May
Topanga Elementary School—assembly & four poetry workshops
(they found a grant to bring me to the school!)
Topanga, CA

May
Broadoaks School on the Whittier College campus
and at Hoover Elementary School
poetry workshops
Whittier, CA

April
Two days of workshops at Bethel Park High
Storytelling at Bethel Park Library
and lecture at Chatham College
Pittsburgh and Bethel Park, PA

March
Meet the Authors and Bookfair at Whittier College
opening keynote of conference
Whittier, CA

March
Texas Library Association presentation
San Antonio, TX

March
Chadwick School
Session with 25 selected middle & high school students
& two assemblies with kindergarteners & first graders
Palos Verdes, CA

November
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Convention
Poetry Partners in Middle School Learning
This session highlights the power of verse novels
to connect teachers, librarians, students, and poets.
San Francisco, CA

November
California Reading Association Conference
Three talented teens from Hoover High School
read from April Halprin Wayland’s award-winning
novel in poems, GIRL COMING IN FOR A LANDING
at the California Young Reader Medal Luncheon
San Diego, CA

October
George W. Hawkes Central Library,
Exciting Writing: Poetry Workshop for Teens
Arlington, TX


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