Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Speaker Profile - Frane Lessac

Illustrator and Writer

Region: Australia West
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
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Frané Lessac loves to travel and to create books based on her worldwide journeys. She is an artist, author-illustrator, publishing over forty books for children. Her most recent book is: A is for Australian Animals- a factastic tour.

 Attracted by the beauty of Montserrat, she moved to the small Caribbean island, which inspired My Little Island (HarperCollins). The first of many books written and illustrated by Frané. A number of her paintings are part of private collections worldwide and has exhibited her work in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and London. She studied at the New School for Social Research in New York, University of Southern California, and University of California Los Angeles.

Frané speaks at festivals around the world sharing the process of writing and illustrating books, empowering both children and adults. She’s presented at the Edinburgh International Writers Festival, Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington DC, the Eric Carle Museum, Brooklyn Book Festival, Ubud Writer’s Festival Bali, Singapore Asian Festival of Children’s Content, Bookaroo Festival India and the Los Angeles and Bologna SCBWI Conferences.

Frané was awarded The Muriel Barwell Award for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature in 2010. She joined the National Year of Reading initiative as a State Ambassador in 2012 and a Room to Read Ambassador in 2014. 

Presentation Description:

Meet the Author/Illustrator
Three sessions per day, 3 x 1 hour sessions with Q & A. Frané will cover the process of making a book and will tailor it to the age and ability level of each class. 

Make Your Own Storybook
Two x 2-hour sessions per day. The students will individually design a spread for a class book or commence working on individual books. The students will work from roughs, drafts and page plans.

Workshop for Adults
The process of writing and illustrating for children from the origins and inspirations of an idea and the development of a story line, through to the stages involved in preparing for publication. 

Industry Talk - Professional Practice                                 The development of the brief through the process to final stage of publication