Announcing Our 2017 NAPIBOWRIWEE Guest Author Line-up!

Can you believe it? We’re less than a month away from my annual NATIONAL PICTURE BOOK WRITING WEEK (“NAPIBOWRIWEE”) event that takes place this May 1 to May 7, 2017! For those of you who are new to this event, please go here to get the basic info and history about my event which I started in 2009:

I am excited to announce our 2017 Guest Author Line-Up. We are honored to have the following picture book authors who will provide advice and insight on the craft of writing children’s picture books throughout the May 1-7, 2017 event! They include:

JASON GALLAHER – picture book and middle grade author whose picture book WHOBERT WHOVER is out this July 2017 from McElderry/Simon & Schuster. You can follow him on Twitter at @draftingjason

TERRY PIERCE – picture book author veteran whose latest books include MY BUSY GREEN GARDEN (Tilbury House 2017) and MAMA LOVES YOU SO (Little Simon, S&S 2017). His website:

COURTNEY PIPPIN-MATHUR – picture book author and illustrator whose latest book DRAGONS RULE, PRINCESSES DROOL! will be released May 2, 2017 from Little Simon, Simon & Schuster. Her website:

EMMA OTHEGUY – children’s book author and historian (fiction & non-fiction) whose debut picture book Martí’s Song for Freedom is out from Lee & Low Books in Spring 2017. Her website:

ANDREA LONEY – children’s book author whose latest books BUNNYBEAR (illustrated by Carmen Saldaña, Albert Whitman & Co. 2017) and TAKE A PICTURE OF ME, JAMES VAN DER ZEE! (illustrated by Keith Mallet, Lee & Low 2017) are out this year . Her website:

And stay tuned for more surprise guests and announcements as we get closer to this year’s event! Remember to mark your calendar for MAY 1-7, 2017 where we will once again attempt to write 7 picture books in 7 days.

We also have our store if you want souvenirs here:

Until the next blog, remember – HAPPY WRITING! WRITE LIKE YOU MEAN IT! 🙂




  1. Yay, can’t wait Paula 🙂 One of last year’s drafts was seen by a publisher who suggested a few tweaks then said it was ready for submission, not to her house I guess, but still encouraging.

  2. First time I’ve heard of this … I am a terrible procrastinator (or should that be expert procrastinator?) … so am going to give this a go to give myself a good kick up the posterior. I’ve got lots of ideas in a holding pattern in my head – it’s time to release them! Roll on 1st May.

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