July 5, 2013 - July 8, 2013
CONTACT: Anne-Marie Perks
Holland House, Cropthorne, Worcestershire
Picturing Words and Writing Pictures: Friday July 5th - Monday July 8th 2013
Join us for a creative weekend for picture book writers and illustrators on the River Avon in
Worcester. Each day will start with a creative workshop to jump-start your writing, explore
new techniques and experiment with words and art materials. There will be an optional
set project for writers and illustrators and ample time for work on this or on personal projects.
Every attendee will be assigned a faculty mentor and will have the chance to book
a slot with a commissioning editor. The evenings will be open for informal critique sessions,
discussions on technique, craft and the children’s publishing industry.
Our faculty includes a commissioning editor, a picture book writer-editor (watch this
space!), and author-illustrators Helen Stephens and Gerry Turley.
Helen Stephens lectures on the MA in Illustrating for Children at Cambridge School
of Art. She has written and illustrated many books including ‘Fleabag’, winner of the
Dundee Picture Book Award, Silver at the Norfolk Libraries Children’s Book Awards and
commended at The Sheffield Picture Book Award, ‘The Night Iceberg’, selected for the
White Ravens International Library, shortlisted for Booktrust Early Years Award
and the Dundee Picture Book Award 2012, ‘The Big Adventure of the Smalls’ and
‘How to Hide a Lion’. She has also illustrated books for Roger McGough, Sophie Hannah
and Michael Morpurgo. www.helenstephens.com
Gerry Turley, author-illustrator and printmaker, has just completed ‘Wooo’ using a
combination of printmaking and Photoshop. It is due to be published by David Fickling
Books (Random House) in 2013. His work was selected for the Bologna International Children’s Bookfair Illustrators Exhibition 2012, and has been included in ‘Little Big Books: Illustrations for Children’s Picture Books’, published in 2012 by Gestalten.
A list of suggested art materials will be sent out to attendees upon registration.
The retreat will start on Friday, 5th July (arrival from 4 pm) and end after breakfast
on Monday, 8 July 2013.
The retreat will be held at Holland House located on four acres of beautiful gardens in Cropthorne, Pershore, Worceshire WR10 3NB. A magnet for writers and artists, Holland House is a perfect setting to find inspiration and new ideas, to experiment and share expertise. www.hollandhouse.org
The nearest British Rail station is Evesham. Once in Evesham you can take a taxi or bus to Holland House. Directions by car or train, then bus or taxi are found www.hollandhouse.org/location.html.
Retreat fees include accommodation and meals. Every attendee will have their own room.
Non-refundable deposit - £50
Full cost of the retreat - £300.
For more information and to download the booking form visit: http://britishscbwi.jimdo.com/events/picture-book-retreat/