September 14, 2013
CONTACT: Anne-Marie Perks
13:00 to 17:00. St George’s Church, Bloomsbury, London
The Dummy Makeover
With author illustrators Bridget Strevens-Marzo and Sue Porter.
Saturday, 14 September 2013
Have you wondered what wasn’t working in your book dummy, or how to get the right
narrative flow between words and image? This Illustrator masterclass will put your dummy on centre stage, spotlighting its strengths and failings to help give your submission the best chance of success.
Illustrators are increasingly required to submit PDF formats for professional reasons, so you’ll need to send an advance submission of a PDF file of your whole book dummy by
14 July 2013 at the latest. Sue and Bridget will then email you by 1 August 2013 with
preliminary feedback so you can work on developing it before bringing a paper dummy
to the masterclass on 14 September 2013. Content is open (your own text, a classic tale, a novelty, a 24 page or 32 page picture book...) as long as it is for an illustrated book for any age up to 8 years old. Make sure that the PDF you submit online has clear, if not necessarily finished, text and drawings that show your intentions. A highly polished state isn’t required, but you should also include at least one developed sample, ideally in
colour, or finished examples of your work to help Bridget and Sue visualize how you’d like your book to look. At the masterclass, attendees will be divided into critiques groups in which Sue and Bridget will look at the page turn, where to build tension, release, and the all-important ending.
Bridget Strevens-Marzo and Sue Porter are international illustrators with children’s books published here, in the US and Europe. Sue is an award-winning author illustrator with over 80 books to her credit. Currently, she is working with Mijade in Belgium. Sue also ran Bear Studios with Jana Novotny Hunter for 15 years, hosting picture book critique sessions and workshops for students and established writer/illustrators. Award-winning Bridget writes and illustrates her own books as well as illustrating for publishers such as Bayard-Jeunesse in France and Highlights in the US. www.bridgetstrevens.com and www.sueporter.fr
You can find the 2013 Illustrator Series Booking Form on our Illustrator Series events page at: http://britishscbwi.jimdo.com/events/illustrator-series
The Illustrator Masterclass Series are hands on workshops for illustrators (and sometimes writers), published and unpublished that focus on art technique, professional issues in children's publishing, marketing and presentation skills and inspiration on the 'craft' of visual storytelling. As some of us are writers too, issues on writing and illustrating are addressed. It's also a great place to meet other illustrators and share news, get support and receive important feedback to help your career. We are continuing to offer four exciting Illustrator Masterclass workshops designed to move our illustration skills to the next level. Sign up for all four and receive a discount! Meeting Time - 13:00 to 17:00.
Prices are: £20 a session for members (SCBWI, SOA and AOI)
£25 for non-members, £15 for students (must send proof of full time enrollment at university).
Discount for signing up for all fours sessions is:
£70 for members (SCBWI, SOA and AOI) and £85 for non-members.
All the Illustrator Masterclass Series events will take place at St George’s Bloomsbury, located on Bloomsbury Way next door to the Bloomsbury Thistle Hotel London. (WC1A 2HR), two minutes' walk from the British Museum.
Access to the Upper and Lower Vestry House is from 6/7 Little Russell Street (at the rear of the Church).
Closest tube: Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern Lines), Holborn (Piccadilly Line) and Russell Square (Piccadilly Line).
Buses: The following buses (eastbound) stop directly outside the church: 1, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98, 242.