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National Picture Book Writing Week (NaPiBoWriWee) – May 1-7

Paula Yoo

It’s amazing to read about Paula Yoo’s many accomplishments. She is very creative. She plays the violin, writes scripts for television shows, writes young adult novels, and writes picture books, too. After learning about National Novel Writing Month, in 2008, she created National Picture Book Writing Week, otherwise known as NaPiBoWriWee.  You can join her in writing a first draft of a picture book from May 1-7 each year. She believes if you can get the first draft done, you’ll be on your way.

Here’s what Paula Yoo said in answer to a few questions about NaPiBoWriWee:

Why did you start NaPiBoWriWee?

I did NaPiBoWriWee as a way to snap me out of my procrastination habits, as well as to promote my latest picture book which had come out in 2009 (“Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story” from Lee  & Low Books).

What surprised you after you started it on your website?
I did it for fun on my website and was shocked by the HUNDREDS of people who wanted to participate. So it turned into an official real event in 2009 and 2010 and it’s now a real thing I host every year!

What have you added to make the event fun and to give encouragement to writers?
My event features fun prize giveaways of my books plus special guest author books.  I also provide advice on writing picture books during the event as well. Writers can also buy T-shirts, journals and coffee mug souvenirs on Cafe Press:

Read more about NaPiBoWriWee on Paula’s website: For more information about Paula Yoo, read Jocelyn’s Interview with her on Teen Book Review:

Paula, congratulations on your published books! You are indeed an incredible person. Thanks for sharing and encouraging others.

Here are Paula Yoo’s books:

GOOD ENOUGH – YA Novel from Harper Collins 2008.

SHINING STAR: THE ANNA MAY WONG STORY – Picture book biography from Lee & Low Books in 2009. It won the Carter G. Woodson Elementary Book Award from the National Council for the Social Studies.

SIXTEEN YEARS IN SIXTEEN SECONDS: THE SAMMY LEE STORY  – Picture book biography from Lee & Low Books 2005. It’s an IRA Notable book.

To find out other ways to join forces for creative ventures, look for an article I wrote called, “Find Your Creative Edge” on p.24 of the July-August SCBWI Bulletin. I am honored that Stephen Mooser and the others on the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Bulletin staff chose my article to put in the bulletin. If your article gets published, you get paid $50.00 plus they pay $70.00 for the renewal of your membership for a year. For PubSub3rdFri, send them an idea you have found helpful to you about writing or illustrating.

Never Give Up
Celebrate Who You Are and Where You Are
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2011 Joan Y. Edwards


6 Responses

  1. Joan,

    I enjoyed learning about Paula Yoo and how The National Picture Book Week originated. Thanks for sharing this interview.

    Linda A.


    • Dear Linda, Thanks for writing. I’m glad you enjoyed learning about Paula Yoo and National Picture Book Writing Week. It’s fascinating to see how all these creative ideas started. Celebrate your writing talents.

      Enjoy Living Joan Y. Edwards


  2. I participated in this for the first time this year. It was so much fun and now I have several PB manuscripts that I am editing and getting ready to submit.


    • Dear Ccgevry: Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Thanks for liking my article, too. Wow! Congratulations on participating in NaPiBoWriWee and getting several PB manuscripts edited and ready to submit. Good luck with your publications!

      Enjoy Life’s Journey Joan Y. Edwards


  3. Great information. I haven’t taken part in NaPiBoWriWee yet, but hope to next year. Thanks for sharing.


    • Dear Karen, Thanks for reading my blog and leaving a comment. I always enjoy hearing from you. NaPiBoWriWee does seem like it would be fun. I’m thinking about joining them next year, too. Good luck with your writing, publishing, and marketing! Do something to celebrate being you!

      Never Give Up Joan Y. Edwards


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