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3rd Annual Children's Books Workshop

Thursday, July 24 and Friday, July 25, 2008
at the James C. KirkpatrickLibrary on the campus of the University of Central Missouri.

Featured Presenters:

Veda Boyd Jones, Author
Cheryl Harness, Author/Illustrator
Carolyn Mulford, Author
Jamie Lou Thome, Center for book & Paper Arts,
Columbia College, Chicago

A summer retreat for authors, artists, librarians, teachers, parents, and others interested in children's literature. Rub shoulders with authors, illustrators, and other professionals. Learn how children's book are created and published. Attend sessions on the latest books, the power of pictures, and the sharing of good literature. You can receive 1 or 2 hours of graduate or undergraduate credit for the program by contacting Extended Campus and registering for EdCI 4000 (Special Authors Conference). You may also take the workshop for no credit.

Schedule of Events
Don’t miss this line-up!! Special guests include:


This workshop will be held on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri. All sessions will take place in the James C. Kirkpatrick Library

Sample Course Syllabus

Thursday, July 24, 2008

8:30-9:00 Registration

9:30 -10:45::Veda Boyd Jones, author

11:00 - 12:00:: Cheryl Harness, author/illustartor

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch with group

1:30 - 5:30 The Art of Bookmaking with Jamie Lou Thome

6:30 Dinner

Friday, July 25, 2008

8:30 - 9:00 :: Room 2440

9:00 - 10:30 :: Room 2441
Carolyn Mulford, Author

10:45- 11:45 :: Room 2441
What's New in the World of Children's Literature

11:45- 12:15 :: Room 2440
Short swings/Book signing

12:15- 1:15 :: Room 2305
Lunch with group

Concluding general remarks,
Certificates and evaluations.

1:30 - 3:00 :: Room 2441
Buchanan & Williamson meet with Undergraduate/Graduate credit students

Author/Illustrator Cheryl Harness is currently working on an eight book series ( Cheryl Harness Histories ) for the National Geographic Society. The most recent book in publication is The Remarkable Rough-Riding Life of Theodore Roosevelt.

Her first young adult novel, Just for You to Know , a project that is somewhat different from her usual historical writing, takes place in Independence, Missouri in the early 1960's was published in 2006.

Harness began her artistic career in illustration after graduating from Central Missouri State University illustrating for Hallmark Cards, Current, Inc., and Sunset Designs while she worked to break into the world of children's book publishing.

Cheryl Harness

Carolyn Mulford' s new book is The Feedsack Dress, a middle reader set in 1949.

A plot summary: When Gail wears a pretty feedsack dress the first day of ninth grade in 1949, the mean queen makes nasty comments about poor country kids. Every time Gail wears her homemade dress, something awful happens. Her refusal to buckle and her defense of the mean queen's other targets earn Gail an unwanted honor, leader of a revolt against the ruling clique.

You can read the first chapter on her blog: To read a bio, go to the blog's About page. Most of the postings serve teachers and students interested in additional background on that transitional period.

This is Mulford's first published novel, but I've written several nonfiction books, including Elizabeth Dole, Public Servant (Enslow, 1992), and thousands of articles and other materials. I've also taught courses and conducted workshops for nonfiction writers and editors.


Veda Boyd Jones enjoys the challenge of writing for diverse readers. She is the author of forty-two books: from a coloring book to nonfiction and fiction for children to romance novels for adults. Other published works include over 300 articles and stories in children’s and adult magazines (Cricket, Highlights, Humpty Dumpty, The Writer, Writer’s Digest, Woman’s World, etc.), articles in reference books, and five romance novellas. Jones earned an MA in history at the University of Arkansas, has taught writing at Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri, and currently teaches for the Institute of Children’s Literature. She served on the literature panel for the Missouri Arts Council and is a past president of the Missouri Writers’ Guild. She and her husband, Jimmie, an architect, have three sons. Check Veda’s website at:

Jamie Thome has a BA in English from Central Missouri State University and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts: Book and Paper Art, from Columbia College Chicago. Previously, Jamie has taught preschool for four years, where her calm demeanor and creativity were enormous assets. Jamie places an emphasis on art and literacy in the classroom as evidenced in the Creative Writing and Bookmaking and Young Artists residencies she teaches with A.R.T. Her main goal in creating art is to make things that people respond to in a profound and moving way.

Meet other professionals to exchange ideas on what is new in the world of children’s books. Gather ideas about current trends and issues and learn more about how good books are made and shared.

Registration includes 3 meals, refreshment, door prizes, discount on books purchased, certificate of completion and more. Cost is $150 (non-credit option) per person. (IfI you wish to have one of the professionals review a manuscript or artwork there is a one time fee of $10. This applies to non-credit participants only.

Undergraduate & Graduate credit available: 2 Undergraduate credit hours option: $414.98; 2 Graduate credit hours option: $511.58

Accommodation Information

You can register in one of three ways through the Office of Extended Campus & Distance Learning:

877-SAY-UCMO ext. 24

U. S. Mail:
Office of Extended Campus & Distance Learning,
Humphreys 410, University of Central Missouri,
Warrensburg MO 64093

If registering by mail please complete this form and mail to Extended Campus.

For more information, please contact event coordinators:

Naomi Williamson


Dawna Lisa Buchannan

For more information, please contact event coordinators: Naomi Williamson or Dawna Lisa Buchannan