Shelley Tanaka

Shelley Tanaka is the fiction editor at Groundwood Books. Over her (long!) career she has worked with many of Canada’s finest children’s book authors, and she has edited more than a dozen Governor General’s Award winners. She is also a translator, and the author of two dozen books for young readers. Her books have won the Orbis Pictus Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Silver Birch Award, the Science in Society Children’s Book Award and the Information Book Award.

Shelley is on the faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she teaches all genres in the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults.


Saturday 1 pmFirst Thousand Words Editorial Event (with Tanya Trafford): For an additional fee, submit the first thousand words of your manuscript and up to two questions and you will get to meet with one of these editors for fifteen minutes and they will give you feedback so you can polish those pages and find out if you’re headed in the right direction. (You will not be getting written feedback.) Manuscripts to be submitted by ??? (Only 14 slots available)

Saturday 6:30 pmShelley Tanaka Interview:Shelley will talk about how to figure out what to do with an idea in a changing market. She will answer questions and go in-depth sharing her unique perspective.

Sunday 9:30 amCoffee and Discovery Panel (with Rolli, Tanya Trafford and Judy Swallow, moderated by Kristine Scarrow): A chat about books and the working relationships between authors, editors and illustrators. Come with questions!