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Picture Book Matters

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Mentoring aspiring and emerging picture book writers and illustrators in Asia.

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Through a series of online workshops, participants will learn step-by-step how picture books of all genres, including graphic novels as well as silent picture books, are created for the traditional publishing market.

With each workshop, participants will get one step closer to the publishing of their picture book ideas. Picture Book Matters mentors, author Eva Wong Nava and artist, Debasmita Dasgupta, will prepare participants to ideate, refine and present pitch-ready materials.

The mentors will share industry tips and knowledge, from both the writer’s and illustrator’s perspectives, through interactive exercises and real-time conversations, making each picture book creator’s story unique and submission ready.

Participants will learn ways on how to generate and refine an idea, write a strong synopsis that will help build their story arc, know their characters better, do visual research, character sketching, storyboarding, inking and final colouring.

Participants do not need to have a Zoom account to participate. Participants would require a desktop or laptop with a video camera, and have internet / WiFi access during the sessions, to participate.

In conjunction with the Singapore Book Council, Picture Book Matters (PBM) is offering this series of workshops leading up to the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) in October 2020 and all workshop participants will enjoy a 30% discount off AFCC festival pass.

For workshop enquiries, please email programmes@bookcouncil.sg

Kinokuniya members can enjoy 10% off the workshop fee. Please contact programmes@bookcouncil.sg for the discount code before online registration.

Facilitator:

Eva Wong Nava is an award-winning children’s book author. She is an advocate for diversity in children’s books. Her books are typically cause-based concept books and fiction that encourage young readers to be more compassionate and inclusive. She has written Open: A Boy’s Wayang Adventure (Moonbeam Award winner), a middle-grade fiction, The Boy Who Talks in Bits and Bobs (5-star Reader’s Favourite review), and Mina’s Magic Malong, two pictures books, championing the underdog and lesser heard. She has picture books and a children’s novel forthcoming in 2020-21.

Debasmita Dasgupta is a Singapore-based, internationally published, Kirkus-Prize-nominated illustrator and graphic novelist. She enjoys drawing both fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults. She has illustrated over 20 picture books, comics and poems. Widely known as an art-for-change advocate, Debasmita tells stories of changemakers from around the world partnering with global non-profits. Her art is exhibited across the world and more than 40 international media outlets have featured it. Her debut independent graphic novel, NADYA, was published by Scholastic in September 2019. She is currently working on four new picture books releasing in 2020 – 2021. Her first longform graphic novel is also a work in progress.

Cancellation:

The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to 5 working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Those who did not turn up at the workshop will not receive a refund.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation and withdrawal policy and accept the terms contained therein.

Please note there is no lift to the venue.

Workshop Schedule:

  • 18 April 2020, Saturday, 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • 19 April 2020, Sunday, 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • 26 April 2020, Sunday, 9.30am to 12.30pm

All sessions will be conducted via Zoom.

18 April, Saturday – Basics of Creating a Picture Book (9.30am-12.30pm)

Starting from an overview on the different kinds of picture books for children, participants will gain an understanding on the writing and illustrating processes of creating a picture book from start to finish. Mentors will walk through the basics of finding an idea, developing a story structure, plot, treatment along with visual research, character sketching, storyboarding and final illustrated stories.

All participants will be able to communicate directly with the mentors (through video camera and direct messaging) during the class.

19 April, Sunday – Beyond the Basics (9.30am-12.30pm)

In this session, participants will be divided into groups and guided through interactive group exercises to develop their own stories. Each participant will also have an opportunity for one-to-one session with each mentor to receive critique on their picture book stories from both the writer’s and illustrator’s perspectives.

26 April, Sunday – All About Pitching (9.30am-12.30pm)

Based on the learnings from the previous two sessions, participants will get a week to prepare their pitches. During this session, each one of them will do a mock presentation / pitching and receive feedback from mentors. Besides sharing feedback on each presentation, mentors will also provide the class with some essential tools and tips for professional pitching.

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