Touch Children's Hearts –
Write Your Children's Book
for those, who love to make shine children’s eyes
What will you be learning?
In this workshop, you will be learning how you put all your ideas into a nice story,
which will be exciting for kids, or how you can improve your children’s book manuscript by easy methods
and how you turn it in order to touch your audience.
You will be receiving answers to the following questions:
How do I get drive into my story?
How do I shape my characters?
How do I create a great end to my story?
How do I find an illustrator for my book?
How do I publish and market my children’s book?
You will have the possibility to test your ideas or your texts or parts of it by reading it to
the other participants of this workshop.
The children’s book writer Esther Bürki will also give you a professional feedback on your book project
after the workshop (value CHF 400.—).
Where does the workshop take place?
The Creative Writing Workspace is located in a large house with a veranda and a garden close to the city limits of Winterthur near forest, pasture and a farm.
There are parking lots right in front of the house.
By public transport you can reach the house in a three-minute walk from the bus stop “Hegi in the Gern” or twenty minutes from Oberwinterthur station.
About the Children's Book Author
Writing has always been her thing.
Journalist, editor and children’s book author Esther Bürki wrote her first letters as a girl to her mother, her first serious thoughts in adolescence in her diary.
Her study of French, German and English literature in Zurich brought her closer to the world literature writers, but far away from her own writing. Fascinated by Franz Kafka, Charles Baudelaire and Ingeborg Bachmann, she no longer dared to write her own texts.
Writing for newspapers, however, was easier. One of the biggest Swiss newspapers, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, gave her the opportunity to publish the first article about a French crime writer at Feuilleton. How many times did she turn around the sentences and exchange words until the newspaper article was ready? Hours, days, a whole month.
In three months newspaper volunteering, she gained pace while writing. She also lost her fear of the printed matter. One of the editors-in-chief told her at the end that she was the first volunteer who have written so many articles in a month, earning so much in line honorary.
Journalistic writing was for her the longer the easier. Wording and building nice sentences were no longer an issue. However, the claim to write as clearly as possible became her first concern. Now, she saw her role to translate complicated topics in a clear and understandable way.
«Léonard and Loulou», the first children’s book, was created without violent birth pains. A translator for the English version and a translator for the French version, a graphic designer and a printing company were quickly found. The self-publication label SWISS MADE STORY was proud of its first publication.
Esther Bürki’s goal was to find a real publisher for her book, and she found it in New York. «Leonard and Loulou» will be published by Morgan James on July 19, 2019 and will be sold in the bookstores in the US, Canada, Australia and England.
The story of the boy Leonard and the little cat Loulou will get its sequel in the book «Leonard and Lea». It will be printed at the end of 2019.
She likes to share her great know-how in writing and publishing books. Her inspiring and supportive attitude is very much appreciated by her clients.