DAVID LITCHFIELD PICTURE BOOK WORKSHOP

What our attendees said...

Had an absolutely wonderful time at the David Litchfield workshop run by the brilliant ladies of I AM in print! Everyone was lovely and I learnt some great new picture book techniques! And got to meet one of my all time favourite authors! A great day. I’m still processing everything we talked about! Got home and felt super inspired.” – Andrea

What our attendees said...

“The organisation was amazing, you were always very kind and super helpful and that will always be something I will remember. Everything was perfect, the planning before the workshop, and the workshop itself.” – Beatriz

What our attendees said...

“Having an author/illustrator, agent and publisher all in one day showed all the facets of creating a picture book.  I have a much clearer direction now. Great presentations, great workshops, great organisation and great company. Good luck everyone. Thank you.” – David

What our attendees said...

“Thanks for an inspiring day, David Litchfield, Arabella Stein, Katie Cotton and I AM in print.” – Emily

What our attendees said...

“Thank you to everyone for such a great day. My head is still buzzing! Such informative speakers and I will definitely be practising those writing exercises. I have even bought a brand new sketch book!” – Denise  

 

What our attendees said...

“Brilliant day with very informative talks. Thanks for arranging, I AM in print!” – James

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I had a fantastic day. Super inspiring. – Hannah

What our attendees said...

“Had an amazing day – it was so well organised and David Litchfield is so incredibly funny, engaging and inspirational! I got great feedback in my one-to-one too!” – Katy

 

What our attendees said...

The workshop had a great balance of enjoyable engagement, background to David’s career and tips for forging ahead with my own aspirations in the industry. Having Arabella and Katie involved gave great insight to the different elements of the industry. The chance to have a one-to-one with Katie was incredibly helpful and has given me clarity on how to progress my story. I will certainly look out for other events that you host.” – Jonathan

What our attendees said...

 

“It was very, very useful.” – Lizzie

 

What our attendees said...

Massive thanks to Elane & Sarah, David Litchfield, Arabella Stein and Katie Cotton for a great day of picture book insight. Lots to take in. A fun and friendly day. Loved it.”  – Karen

 

What our attendees said...

“Such an inspiring workshop with David Litchfield, Arabella Stein, Katie Cotton and I AM in print.” – Polly

 

What our attendees said...

“Thanks also to all the inspiring speakers, and particularly David for the behind scenes tour of his working method. Loved the exercises too. Thank you so much for organising a great event.” – Louise

 

What our attendees said...

“I thought the event and Elane & Sarah from I AM in print were extremely well organised, wonderfully lovely and approachable and made the whole day lovely and relaxed. I had some great feedback from Katie so that finished the day off wonderfully for me, and was great to finally meet David in person. All round great day and lovely to meet you both; you’re doing a great job with this so keep up the great work.” – Steve

What our attendees said...

I really liked the combination of activities; listening to David talk about his way into publishing, doing practical exercises with him, hearing inputs from Arabella and Katie as well as having one-to-ones, and also the exploration of the Fairy Tale exhibition downstairs, meant that the day was varied and so interesting. Obviously David was a super choice, as he is so open and honest and very encouraging. Thank you so much for a brilliant workshop.” – Tessa

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WHAT WAS COVERED

What a fabulous picture book workshop we enjoyed with international bestselling author and illustrator David Litchfield, the Director of his literary agency, Arabella Stein, and publisher at Quarto Kids, (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books and Wide Eyed Editions), Katie Cotton.

We were taken through the process of how a picture book comes together and explored some practical exercises on where ideas come from. Spider maps, venn diagrams and sketching are all processes David applies for planning his stories. So he spent time working with the group to create stories and develop characters in this way. In addition, David’s lively presentation and short exercises were supported by Arabella and Katie. They explained how agents and publishers work with authors to produce trends for today’s market, and revealed what they look for in a pitch. With the opportunity to take up a private one-to-one with Arabella or Katie, the day was truly an all-round picture book workshop experience.

Our venue was The Discover Story Centre in Stratford, and we could not have been happier with our choice. The location, the organisation and the team on hand to support us throughout the day were all superb and, with a number of food allergies in our number, all our catering needs were met with the delicious food on offer.

In addition we were treated to entry for the Fairy Tale exhibition which David played a part in providing illustration for. Our course attendees all said this was the icing on the cake for a perfect day.

So, thank you, Discover Story! We cannot rate Discover highly enough as a venue, and it will definitely be our first choice when organising a writing for children workshop in London in the future.

Discover Childen’s Story Centre
383 – 387 High Street
Stratford
London
E15 4QZ

DAVID LITCHFIELD

DAVID LITCHFIELD is a multi-award winning illustrator and author. As well as his own books, Grandad’s Secret Giant, The Bear and The Piano, its sequel The Bear, The Piano, The Dog and The Fiddle and his most recent thing of beauty Lights on Cotton Rock, he has sold books in over 25 countries and counting. His illustrated books and covers for multiple authors keeps him busy too and he loves collaborating with authors over the text they provide. His artwork is often found in magazines, newspapers and t-shirts. David provided huge inspiration, was funny, engaging and a natural presenter. Our course attendees went home with a head full of tips on their own storytelling ideas.

Watch our live, interactive interview with David, which took place in April 2019. We left the room completely inspired that day, and know you will too.

ARABELLA STEIN

A fast thinker and reactor, ARABELLA STEIN is able to inspire and encourage artists and publishers. She recognises that setting up the best collaboration between a publisher and an artist is key and has worked with a great number of authors and illustrators. Arabella is particularly drawn to artwork with an immediate and unforgettable impact; individual, yet relatable characters and a narrative that shows and never tells.

Representing both established illustrators and authors and those at the beginning of their careers, Arabella happily gave one-to-ones to our group. Those who took up the opportunity said they found it useful in terms of which direction to take their story next. Showcasing her brilliance, her talk was entertaining and informative too, and our attendees loved it. 

KATIE COTTON

Before becoming a children’s picture book publisher and author KATIE COTTON studied English at Oxford University. As editor at Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (FLCB), she edited both the 2016 and 2017 Waterstones Illustrated Book Category winners – The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield and There’s a Tiger in the Garden by Lizzy Stewart – and edited the initial titles in the bestselling Little People, Big Dreams series. Now, overseeing the picture book list at FLCB, she has commissioned high-profile titles such as Grandad Mandela and the bestseller Greta and the Giants. Shortlisted for Bookseller Editor of the Year 2018 Award, she loves nothing more than that frisson of excitement when a fantastic new story lands on her desk. FLCB do not accept unsolicited submissions (submissions that don’t come through an agent) so our course attendees were delighted to have the opportunity to pitch to her directly. And the feedback we received afterwards reflected how Katie’s expertise and positive encouragement was a really useful element to the day.