When I got word of a full day SCBWI picture book revision workshop, I couldn’t sign up fast enough! Last week we gathered at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art with the fabulous Harold Underdown and amazing Eileen Robinson of Kid’s Book Revisions for morning and afternoon workshop sessions, creativity exercises, manuscript critiques, and time to write, revise, and network.
The red Mo Willems elephant sculpture greeted us with a grin, despite the chilly weather.
The Carle was filled with many temptations: the stunning gallery (don’t miss Barbara McClintock’s special exhibit from Leave Your Sleep), the bookshop packed with favorite classics and new releases, and the cozy library. Even the craft room was freshly stocked with paint, paper, brushes and glue!
I can’t reveal specific workshop content, although it’s fair to say that Ann Whitford Paul’s Writing Picture Books was kept close at hand. Chatting with like-minded picture book writers was a definite highlight from the day. To give you a glimpse of the terrific people I met, visit the PB writing blogs of Papa J Josh Funk, Ninja Woman Julie Phillips, and Carol Gordon Ekster from the mighty group blog Writers’ Rumpus.
Finally, a big thank you to SCBWI for financial support underwriting workshop costs, to Carol Munro for organizing a fabulous day, and to fellow 12X12 friends Melanie Ellsworth and Carrie Finison for their insightful critiques on my latest picture book draft!