Picture Book Workshops and Editorials

Workshops are held from 11.00am – 5.00pm on Saturdays at Scholastic Books, London, and are inclusive of lunch and refreshments. All of them are a mixture of teaching and writing, working alone and in small groups and workshopping draft manuscripts. Specific break-out sessions are offered for writers who work in verse. One2one editorial surgeries take place either face-to-face or via Skype, as agreed between you and your editor.

Upcoming Workshops

Please scroll down for the September 2017 – May 2018 Picture Book Programme dates.


Picture Book Programme Dates

The Art of the Picture Book – Saturday 16th September 2017
with workshop leader and Mentor, Tessa Strickland

  • Bring one of your manuscripts to read and receive group feedback;
  • Analyse two bestselling picture books, with particular attention to tone, voice, structure and emotional impact on both the adult and the child reader;
  • Listen to the experiences and insights of a guest author/illustrator;
  • Brainstorm ideas and draft copy for at least one new manuscript.

What Shape is Your Storyboard? – Saturday 2nd December 2017
with workshop leader and Mentor, Tessa Strickland

  • Use the Golden Egg Storyboard Template to explore the most effective ways to pace your storytelling;
  • Experiment with page turn techniques and other strategies for highlighting peak moments in your narrative;
  • Join an optional half-day session for members wanting to write in verse, led by Tessa Strickland
  • Study a current bestselling picture book and identify the ways in which its author uses structure, tone and dialogue;
  • Present your own work for feedback and offer feedback on the work of fellow students.

Enchant your Audience – Saturday 14th April 2018
with workshop leader and Mentor, Tessa Strickland

  • Learn how to give young children an interactive listening experience that engages them emotionally and holds their attention;
  • Learn who does what in the world of picture book publishing; how to pitch to agents and authors, dealing with rejections; learning from feedback;
  • Learn how to work with your publisher to establish and build your reputation as a professional picture book writer;
  • Listen to the experiences and insights of a guest author/illustrator and put your own questions to him/her;
  • Rework and receive feedback on your own ideas.

 

Editorial Surgeries

One2one editorial surgeries take place either face-to-face or via Skype, as agreed between you and your editor. All members are welcome to book face-to-face surgeries with Jo at Scholastic Books, London, or in SW London by arrangement. Surgeries with Tessa are once a month, on Tuesday afternoons in Oxford or on Thursday afternoons in Bath. Members who have attended at least one workshop and surgery may book further surgeries with Tessa or Jo on Skype.