Helping kids become book authors, illustrators

By Ivy Jean Vibar,

Posted at Apr 13 2012 06:50 PM | Updated as of Apr 14 2012 08:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines – To be a good children’s book author, you have to think of the values you want to include in your story.

To be a good illustrator, on the other hand, you have to have a distinct style.

These are some of the tips given local children’s book publisher Adarna House, which has been conducting workshops for kids aged six to 11.

The workshop, called “Klasrum Adarna” (Adarna Classroom), teaches children the basics of making a book, from writing and illustrating to layout and binding.

Here’s another tip from Adarna marketing associate Lance Ferrer: “Be open to revisions of your work.”

“Participants will learn the step-by-step process of creating a story, [like] building your characters and breaking down narratives into scenes,” Ferrer said on ANC’s “Shop Talk.”

“Each course usually takes five straight days, like from Monday to Friday, around three hours of lecture and workshop,” he added.

This year’s Klasrum Adarna workshop will be held from April 16 to 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. It will be facilitated by “But That Won’t Wake Me Up” author Anna Denise Lumbao.

After writing their story, participants will get to draw the scenes and make character studies. At the end of the workshop, they will take home a hardbound compilation of all their works.

Meanwhile, Adarna House will also hold workshops for teachers and day care workers next month.

For more information about the workshop,call (02) 352-6765, e-mail [email protected], or visit