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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

More than 50 aspiring writers and illustrators gathered at Central School in Lake Charles this weekend for the second annual Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Conference.

Professionals from Dallas, Houston and Baton Rouge held workshops explaining the process from start to finish.

Organizers said they want to give writers an opportunity to get their work published.

"It is a hard business to break into. That's why we started this conference to help put writers and illustrators in touch with the resources they will need," said Tommie Townsley.

Townsley is a publisher with Ally-Gator Book Bites Publishing Company in Lake Charles.

"We just had our first book published last week. It's very exciting. The most rewarding part though is just to see everybody smiling. Writing and illustrating children's books is so much fun and when we actually get to go and do school and library visits to see a smile on the child's face is the most rewarding part of being an author and now a publisher," Townsley said.

Author Rebecca Stelly knows the feeling. Her first book titled: "To the World Above" was just published. Stelly said she wants her books to not only entertain but to educate.

"I want them to teach children things that they probably have not heard of before. There is a lot of information out there that would be fascinating to children if it could be packaged in a form that children could understand. My book takes place under the ocean and has a lot of terms children may not be familiar with but through the illustrations and an index they can learn," Stelly said.

Anyone wanting to learn more about the process of writing children's books can contact Ally- Gator Book Bites Publishing Company located in room 306 of Central School.

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