Past Event

A’Lelia Bundles Community Scholars Lecture: How to Write and Publish Kids Books for Ages 0-12

April 9, 2024
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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The Forum Atrium: 605 W. 125th St.

Columbia University A’Lelia Bundles Community Scholars Lecture

Join Bundles Scholar and literary agent, Kevin O'Connor for: "How to Write and Publish Kids Books for Ages 0-12: For Writers, Illustrators, Moms, Dads, Educators, and Anyone Who Was Ever a Kid."

This event is free and open to the public with a reception to follow. A link will be distributed 24 hours in advance for those who wish to view the lecture virtually.

In this lecture, O’Connor will address writing and publishing books for children up to 12-years-old. He will share his extensive experience about the market size, the publishing industry, audience needs, format limitations and pricing. O’Connor will also detail resources for writing and publishing books for children and young adults.

Since his first job out of college at Sesame Workshop, O’Connor has worked at the intersection of business and creative. He has hands-on experieents the acclaimed SF novelist Colin Winnette (Users). For middle-grade readers, he’s the agent behind the Russell Ginns’s Samantha Spinner series; Cas Hyman’s Mango Delight; and Steven B. Frank’s Armstrong and Charlie. He reps the picture books Papa, Daddy & Riley by Seamus Kirst; Honeysmoke by Monique Fields; and A Is for Audra by John Robert Allman, illustrated by Peter Emmerich. A new project by Ziggy Marley will be coming out in Fall 2025. His podcast Writing Gym: What Does a Literary Agent Do? explores what he does and how he does it. He is a Columbia College graduate and the founding director of The Center for Nonfiction, a project born out of his time as a Bundles Scholar.

The Columbia University Bundles Community Scholars Program, administered by the Office of Government and Community Affairs and the School of Professional Studies, enables independent scholars to pursue their lifelong learning aspirations, whether it be completing an independent project or attaining skills in a particular area. The program helps to foster and deepen ties between the University and the many independent members of the cultural and intellectual community surrounding it. The program was named in honor of longtime University Trustee A’Lelia Bundles in 2020.

The Forum is a unique community gathering space that serves as the gateway to Columbia University's developing Manhattanville campus. Open to the entire University as well as the local New York City community, The Forum is a multi-use venue that houses a state-of-the-art auditorium, meeting and event spaces, and communal work areas. This lecture is presented as part of the Conversations at The Forum series.

This event is presented by the Columbia School of Professional Studies Community Programs and Office of Government and Community Affairs in collaboration with The Forum.

Event Contact Information
George Calderaro
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