Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Speaker Profile - Bobbie Kinkead

Illustrator and Writer

Region: California: San Francisco North and East Bay
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
SCBWI Profile: Member Profile
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Story is my life from my early years fishing and haunting the gold museums in my Colorado, to backwoods travel in my Alaska, and then nesting in the richness of diversity in my Bay Area of California. I know story through art, teaching, writing, and by verbal telling, important to craft an excellent story. 

As I like to say after by Bachelor earned for teaching, my second "Bachelor" I earned through SCBWI on "how to compost, write, and illustrate the 'best' original story."

My "Masters" "how to tell a story," I acquired from the Storytelling Program at Dominican University in San Rafael, CA.

As I like to say, my "Doctorate," "where stories originated," I earned from studies at the Asia Art Museum in San Francisco.

As the Regional Adviser SCBW(I) for all of the Northern CA from 1985 to 1990, I started their first newsletter, 'galleys,' first Asilomar Conferences, plus planning and organizing meetings, and setting up critique groups.

Now I like to say: I have a "doctorate" degree in e-publishing and started AS IS Productions for BobbieTales. This process involves cover design, formatting, marketing, and social media.

Universities and Colleges I've attended: the University of Dominican for storytelling, Vista College and Laney College for creative writing; California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco Art, and the University of Alaska for art. My Bachelor's degree I earned from Colorado University at Boulder, BS in Education with minor in Art, 1965.

"With age brings wisdom" is my motto.

Presentation Description:
For classroom visits, I am an expert on faery lore:  faery life, their view of their realm, and how they relate to humans. I bring my book Rhyonna's Fright to talk about a faery with injured wings and her challenge and struggle to save her realm, which takes friends and commitment. I also have faery tales I can tell about this magical world. And if interested an art project for naming and drawing your faery.

For adult workshops and conferences, I can speak about e-publishing. All entailed for book covers; formating, such as mobi, epubs; distribution, such as Amazon, CreateSpace, Smashwords or IngramSparks; ISBNs; Library of Congress; listing in ebook stores; how to be accepted by library and bookstore, and setting up a website and social media. Sounds complicated only very interesting and getting easier with hyperlinks.