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USM’s de Grummond Collection Hosting Event for Writers, Illustrators April 9

Wed, 03/06/2024 - 02:31pm | By: Dawn Smith

The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will host a Pre-Conference for Local Writers and Illustrators on April 9, one day prior to the start of the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival. This pre-conference will feature a session with a literary agent and an afternoon panel with local published authors and illustrators. 

At this event, Kaitlyn Katsoupis will discuss what it means to write for a target audience of middle-grade and young adult readers. Katsoupis will also address elements of voice, marketability and more, while giving guidance on what it means to find a balance between writer and content. 

Following lunch, a panel of local published authors and illustrators will discuss their various paths to becoming published book creators. With a variety of genres and age levels represented in the panel’s published books, audience members will gain a better understanding of the various ways to get their work into the hands of readers. 

The pre-conference is limited to the first 40 registrants; cost is $75 and includes lunch. Following the afternoon panel, a tour of the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection will be offered. View Agenda and Register.