Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2018 Picture Book Intensive Agenda


January 12, 2018

Melissa Manlove, Shutta Crum, Sylvie Frank


9:00-9:15 a.m.          Introductions

9:15-10:00 a.m.        Melissa Manlove

                                    The Mechanic: Looking at picture books as craftspeople, in order to understand how they

                                     work, when they don’t, and how to fix anything.

10:00-10:45 a.m.      Shutta Crum & Sylvie Frank

                                    From “Slight” to Sublime: What to add to your manuscript without adding length. 

10:45-11:00 a.m.      Break

11:00 a.m.-noon       First Page Critiques* (Manlove, Crum, & Frank)

12:00-1:00 p.m.        Lunch

1:00-1:45 p.m.          Shutta Crum

                                   Moodscapes & Soundscapes: Elements of Elegance. 

1:45-2:30 p.m.          Melissa Manlove 

                                   The Poet: Looking at picture books as artists, with a focus on the many magics of voice.

2:30-2:45 p.m.          Break

2:45-3:30 p.m.          Sylvie Frank

                                   From Pigeon to Eloise: Creating Unforgettable Picture Book Characters.

3:30-4:00 p.m.          Q&A

HOMEWORK: Attendees should bring a WIP & writing equipment for a couple of exercises.

 * Please bring the first page of your picture book (without your name on it) if you'd like it critiqued in front of the group.