Drawn to Books Receives First Read + Seed Sponsorship

Book sales agency Read + Co Books, through their annual program Read + Seed, is pleased to announce their inaugural sponsorship for 2020. Sponsorship will support Edmonton’s Drawn to Books’ “When Artists Become Heroes” contest, which will see four children awarded scholarships to the annual Creator Camp in August.

Drawn to Books invites burgeoning young artists ages nine to eighteen to submit a one-page, three-panel comic. This comic will illustrate creative and inspiring ways kids can help their communities. The submissions will be reviewed by instructors and program developers Daniel Schneider and Jeff Martin.

Drawn to Write Creator Camps are offered as three full-day sessions. These sessions are slated to be held at the WonderHarbor (10502 105 Ave). Instructors will provide coaching on comic book creation, writing, art, storytelling, elevator pitches, and how to promote yourself as an artist. (In light of COVID-19, Drawn to Books is preparing for the workshop to be offered online; details to come.)

At the end of the three days, each participant will have created a one-page comic, which will be published in Drawn to Write Issue #6; this will be released in September 2020. At that time, youth participants will have an opportunity to take part in the launch and book signing. Visit their website for more information on Drawn to Books’ Drawn to Write Creator Camps.

Drawn to Books is a non-profit organization in Edmonton, AB, whose mission is to nurture a wider view of literacy for Alberta youth by providing educational programs and by increasing access to comics and graphic novels for both schools and communities.

Read + Co Books is a publisher sales agency based in Victoria, BC, working with library, independent retail, and wholesale accounts in BC, Alberta, and the Territories. The Read + Seed program is an annual fund that commits a portion of every book sold to the sponsorship of one community-based organization per year. The aim is to strengthen community bonds and promote a culture of mutual support in the Canadian publishing community.

Please visit this page for more information on the Read + Seed program.

You can download a PDF of this press release here.

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