September 19, 2009 9:52:00 PM
On Saturday, Sept. 26, the Southern Breeze Region of the Society of Children''s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) will host local archivist Mona Vance at 1 p.m. at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library for an introduction to primary source research.
Fiction or nonfiction projects all benefit from investigation of the artifacts of history, from photographs and publications to fashion, food, and firsthand accounts of daily events. Searching local public history collections and archives can yield unexpected insights into the past and add rich details to writing, illustration and multimedia.
Mona Vance, who won the Glover Moore Prize from the Mississippi Historical Society for her Master''s thesis, is passionate about local history and the collection at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library. By drawing on the local history collection and looking at various children''s books for examples, she''ll share the benefits of historical research while also introducing the process of working with archival materials.
Southern Breeze, the tri-state region of the SCBWI, is comprised of members in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. The professional organization is dedicated to serving the people who write, illustrate or share a vital interest in children''s literature.
The event is free and open to the public, especially those interested in writing or illustrating for children. Vance''s presentation will be followed by a question and answer session, refreshments and an opportunity to meet other writers and artists.
For more information, contact Keri Collins at 662-251-2101.