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.

  3. I love this week! Thanks Paula for another year….I could say I’ve been a lazy writer all spring until this next week, but actually, I’ve just been saving my energy!!

    Now to stock up on brownies, wine and ideas!….Maybe I should re-prioritize?

  4. Yay! I can’t wait to participate in this project. It’s the only one that pushes me to write because I have too many other obstacles in my life. Writing and making art are projects I push to the side.

    My ideas are created in the fall with NaPiBoIdMo. Now I pick my favorite idea and go to it. No more procrastinating. Not for this week.

  5. Hi Napibowriwee folks! Thanks for your comments on this blog. Remember, my May 1-7 blogs will be posted every day at 9 AM East Coast time. Apologies for the international time zone delay for our participants all over the world! NAPIBOWRIWEE starts at midnight in YOUR TIME ZONE on May 1st and ends at 11:50 PM in YOUR TIME ZONE on May 7. Good luck and Happy Writing!

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