“C. Walter Hodges has written about the common ground shared by the adult in the child and the child in the adult,” Pearson said about the writers’ workshop appropriately called A Common Ground.
“Together we will explore how considerations of character, plot, theme and structure in novels for children are affected by this common ground,” she said. “The workshop will consist of lecture, discussion and class exercises. Note that it is suitable for those wishing to write for young readers aged 8 and up, not for picture book writers.”
Kit Pearson was born in Edmonton in 1947 and grew up there and in Vancouver. She received her B.A. from the University of Alberta, her M.L.S. from the University of British Columbia and her M.A. from the Simmons College Centre for the Study of Children’s Literature in Boston.
Pearson worked for 10 years as a children’s librarian in Ontario and British Columbia and is now a full-time writer living in Vancouver. She has written seven novels for children including The Daring Game, A Handful of Time, the Guests of War trilogy, Awake and Dreaming, and Whispers of War: the War of 1812 Diary of Susanna Merritt.
Pearson’s books have been published in Canada in English and French, and in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, the Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain. She has won 12 awards for her writing, including the Governor General’s Award for Awake and Dreaming and the Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work.
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