WRITING PICTURE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN WITH DAVID LITCHFIELD
PICTURE BOOK WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Are you interested in writing a picture book for children? Do people remark on how breathtaking your illustrations are? Does making up stories for your family come naturally? Then book your slot on this amazing workshop now and, who knows, you may end up seeing it in print!
Led by the amazing international bestselling author and illustrator David Litchfield, with the Director of his literary agency, Arabella Stein, and publisher Katie Cotton, (bios below), you will be taken through the process of how to write a picture book: where ideas come from, creating characters children and parents will love, how to structure your story, learning how to develop your character arc, an introduction to artwork techniques, understanding today’s market and how to pitch your idea to an agent.
Arabella Stein from the Bright Agency will present a morning Q & A session regarding today’s picture book market and publisher Katie Cotton from Frances Lincoln Children’s Books and Wide Eyed Editions will cover the afternoon’s presentation with a focus on editing your book and how authors and editors work together.
As an added feature to this already amazing day, Arabella and Katie are offering eight 15 minute one-to-one sessions each, which can be booked in addition to your workshop place – one booking for one agent per attendee, so take your pick from two of the best in the industry! They would love to see your work in progress – a dummy OR text with character samples plus one piece of full colour artwork. They welcome portfolios too. Their advice is to focus on the idea you are most passionate about.
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. Come and spend the day with him to find out how he does it and head home with a head full of tips on how to perfect your own idea.
As a bonus for booking a place on this course we will send you a code before you attend to watch for free 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.
A fast thinker and reactor, ARAELLA 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.
Representing both established illustrators and authors and those at the beginning of their careers, Arabella is particularly drawn to artwork with an immediate and unforgettable impact; individual, yet relatable characters and a narrative that shows and never tells.
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.
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