Virtual Weekend Conference for Authors, Artists, & Educators

Virtual Weekend Conference for Authors, Artists, & Educators

University of Findlay Mazza Museum’s 2021 Virtual Weekend Conference will take place Nov. 12-13 via Zoom.

Mazza’s Weekend Conference is designed with authors, artists, educators, and children’s book enthusiasts in mind. Participants will be able to learn from six renowned children’s book authors and illustrators through this interactive experience.

Cost of registration is $60 and includes attendance to all six keynote sessions and access to presentation recordings for up to three months after the conference. Those who take the conference for credit will have the general registration fee waived. After registering for the event, participants will receive a secure link to access the Conference via Zoom.

To register, visit the Mazza Museum’s website.

For specific questions relating to the Weekend Conference or how to register, please contact the Mazza Museum at 419-434-5521 or [email protected].


Featured professionals will include:

David Biedrzycki has illustrated close to 30 books including self-authored and award-winning “Ace Lacewing,” “Bug Detective” series, “Me and My Dragon” series, and his newest series “Breaking News Bear Alert,” a Junior Library Guild Selection and winner of the Illinois Monarch Picture Book Award and the Georgia State Picture Book Award.

Eliza Wheeler is the bestselling illustrator-author of “Miss Maple’s Seeds” and was a recipient of the prestigious Sendak Fellowship. She has illustrated numerous books for children, including Newbery Honor book “Doll Bones,” “Where You Go,” and “John Ronald’s Dragons: Story of J.R.R. Tolkien.”

Guojing is a New York Times best-illustrated children’s book recipient for her debut book, “The Only Child.” She is an illustrator and concept artist from the Shanxi Province of China. Guojing began drawing at an early age, and completed her BFA from Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts. She has worked as a Concept Artist on games and children’s television shows, and first conceived the idea for “The Only Child” while working in animation in Singapore.

John Hare is a freelance illustrator, graphic designer, and space nerd. “Field Trip to the Moon” was his first picture book for children. He loves bringing stories to life. and lives in Gladstone, MO, with his wife and two children.

Eric Barclay is an illustrator, designer, and the author of “I Can See Just Fine” (Abrams Appleseed), “Hiding Phil” (Scholastic Press), “Counting Dogs” (Scholastic Cartwheel), and “Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep” (Harper, 2019). He lives in Texas with his wife, daughter, a dog, and two cats.

Nina Crews is a critically acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator. She uses photographs and photo-collages to create energetic stories about young children. Two of her recent books, “The Neighborhood Mother Goose” and “Below” were ALA Notable selections. She is the daughter of children’s book authors Donald Crews and Ann Jonas.