Children's book writing conference inspires local writers - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Children's book writing conference inspires local writers

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.

Copyright 2013 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Flood threat along Gulf Coast this Memorial Day weekend

    Flood threat along Gulf Coast this Memorial Day weekend

    Flood threat along Gulf Coast this Memorial Day weekend

    Monday, May 21 2018 1:03 PM EDT2018-05-21 17:03:50 GMT

    With hurricane season still two weeks away, we’re already keeping an eye of the Gulf of Mexico for not only a slight chance of tropical development, but most especially for a deep surge of tropical moisture that will likely bring a flood threat somewhere along the northern Gulf Coast by this holiday weekend.

    More >>

    With hurricane season still two weeks away, we’re already keeping an eye of the Gulf of Mexico for not only a slight chance of tropical development, but most especially for a deep surge of tropical moisture that will likely bring a flood threat somewhere along the northern Gulf Coast by this holiday weekend.

    More >>
  • Landrieu honored for statue removal

    Landrieu honored for statue removal

    Monday, May 21 2018 9:53 AM EDT2018-05-21 13:53:50 GMT
    Jeff Davis Monument (Source: Wikipedia)Jeff Davis Monument (Source: Wikipedia)
    Jeff Davis Monument (Source: Wikipedia)Jeff Davis Monument (Source: Wikipedia)
    Former New Orleans mayor, Mitch Landrieu has been honored for his leadership in removing Confederate memorials.  Landrieu was presented with the 2018 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Sunday night in Boston for standing behind his decision to take down four monuments.  The award recognized Landrieu for taking the action despite legal challenges and threats. In May 2017, the City of New Orleans finished removing monuments of Confederate President Jefferson Davi...More >>
    Former New Orleans mayor, Mitch Landrieu has been honored for his leadership in removing Confederate memorials.  Landrieu was presented with the 2018 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Sunday night in Boston for standing behind his decision to take down four monuments.  The award recognized Landrieu for taking the action despite legal challenges and threats. In May 2017, the City of New Orleans finished removing monuments of Confederate President Jefferson Davi...More >>
  • Booking Report: Sunday, May 20

    Booking Report: Sunday, May 20

    Monday, May 21 2018 8:48 AM EDT2018-05-21 12:48:56 GMT
    Joseph Moon, 40, Lake Charles, LA: Monetary instrument abuse. Nicholas Sonnier, 19, Lake Charles, LA: Careless operation, possession of marijuana; 1st offense, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II. Lauren Leboeuf, 19, Lake Charles, LA: Possession of marijuana 1st; offense, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II. Gerald Lowe, 52, Lake Charles, LA: Domestic Abuse Battery. Marlon Morris, 43, Lake Charles, LA: Produce, manufacture, distribut...More >>
    Joseph Moon, 40, Lake Charles, LA: Monetary instrument abuse. Nicholas Sonnier, 19, Lake Charles, LA: Careless operation, possession of marijuana; 1st offense, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II. Lauren Leboeuf, 19, Lake Charles, LA: Possession of marijuana 1st; offense, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II. Gerald Lowe, 52, Lake Charles, LA: Domestic Abuse Battery. Marlon Morris, 43, Lake Charles, LA: Produce, manufacture, distribut...More >>
Powered by Frankly
<div id="CDEV-footer"> <div class="top"> <div class="search-box"> <div class="wnSearchBox" id="WNSearchBox-bottom"><form method="get" onsubmit="return wnValidateSearchTerm(this,0)" action="/Global/searchresults.asp"><span>Can't Find Something? </span><input type="text" class="wnQueryText" name="qu" size="20" value="" placeholder="Search For It Here"><input type="submit" class="wnSubmit" value="Search"></form></div> </div> <div class="station-info"> <div class="logo"><img src="http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/wncustom/custom/kplc/2015/images/kplc-footer-logo.png" width="103" height="98" border="0" /></div> <div class="contact"> <div>320 Division Street<br>Lake Charles, LA 70601/70602</div> <div>(337) 439-9071</div> </div> <div class="fcc"> <div><a href="https://publicfiles.fcc.gov/tv-profile/kplc">FCC Public File</a></div> <a href="mailto:bcourtney@kplctv.com">bcourtney@kplctv.com</a> <div>(337) 439-9071 ext. 507</div> <a href="/story/9753976/kplc-public-eeo-report">EEO Report</a> <a href="/story/12173010/how-to-file-a-closed-captioning-complaint">Closed Captioning</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="footer-main-nav"> <ul class="link-group"> <!--<li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li> <li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li> <li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li> <li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li>--> </ul> </div> <div class="news-link"> <ul class="link-group"> <li><a href="http://www.ktre.com/category/241993/texas-news-now">Texas News Now</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="bottom"> <div class="copyrightText"> <a id="wnLogo" href="http://www.worldnow.com"><img src="http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/wncorp/logos/worldnow_white.png" id="wn"></a> <div class="text"> All content &copy; Copyright 2000 - 2018 Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our <a href="/story/8774923/privacy-policy">Privacy Policy</a>, and <a href="/story/8775106/terms-of-service">Terms of Service</a>, and <a class="adchoice" href="//www.aboutads.info/choices" target="policy">Ad Choices</a>. </div> <div class="clear"></div> </div> </div> </div>