Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

PB Workshop Agenda (June 16, 2018)

Liz Garton Scanlon, Kait Feldmann, Floyd Cooper, and Nancy Brennan


8:30 – 9:00 a.m. GENERAL ASSEMBLY (All groups in large room before workshops start at 9:00)


9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Liz Garton Scanlon – Author

Beginnings and Endings: A picture book begins with us, the writers. So, let’s look to the very beginning of the beginning – when characters are introduced, story is launched, and expectations are set. We need to consider how to best begin (and then fulfill that beginning) if an editor, illustrator and art director are going to see the rich possibilities of our ideas!


10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break


10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Kait Feldmann – Editor

Reading Images: What does effective writing look and feel and sound like and how does it communicate a complete story while still allowing room for the art to breathe? How does an artist bring their own vision to a text and elevate it to the next level? We’ll discuss a wide range of components that make an effective picture book!


11:35 – noon First Page Critiques*


12:00 – 1:00 p.m. LUNCH


1:00 – 2:15 p.m. Floyd Cooper – Author/Illustrator

Be Uniquely You: Claim Your Voice!  The journey you undertake to fashion a picture book will be fraught with obstacles, rejections, small victories and large. Being able to withstand the winds of trends and daggers of competition will be essential to that goal. Reflection of another’s story can offer a wider perspective of your own journey and give insight into maintaining that which creates legacy: your own individuality and unique voice!


2:15 – 2:30 p.m. BREAK


2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Nancy Brennan – Art Director

Demystifying the Picture book: Gain an insider’s knowledge of the many options available to make your words and pictures come together and create the perfect package for your vision. Whether you’re writing and/or illustrating, we’ll we’ll explore all of the variables, from pagination to paper stock, to make your book reach its fullest potential!


3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Q&A and panel on collaboration


4:00-4:30 p.m. (All groups meet for wrap-up in large room).



* Please bring a first page of a picture book manuscript for possible critique in front of the group. The page should be double spaced with 12-point type and one-inch margins.