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 Creative Labs

 

Welcome to the 2023 SCBWI Creative Labs. Over the past few months, our inspiring instructors have been hard at work designing twelve courses. The result is a conference as varied and dynamic as children’s literature itself! Over the weekend, your class will meet for three separate 2.5 hour sessions: more face time with your author/illustrator, editor, and art director instructors than ever before!

Each Creative Lab will include lectures, writing or illustrating time, small group work so you can get to know your fellow book creators, Q&A sessions, and the opportunity for feedback from your instructors. Join us and learn in community.

Please read through the course descriptions and syllabi below, and then choose one workshop. 

We realize it’ll be hard to choose just one, but trust us, you’ll find the right course for your needs, and you can always ask fellow attendees about the other classes at happy hour!

 

Creative Labs: Writers

 

  1. Brilliant Beginnings and Elegant Ends: A Workshop for Novelists
    Sarah Aronson and Cheryl Klein
    Click HERE for description and syllabus
  2. Crafting the YA Novel
    Nova Ren Suma
    Click HERE for description and syllabus
  3. Creating Complex Characters (for picture books and novels)
    Varian Johnson and Larissa Theule
    Click HERE for description and syllabus
  4. Fantasy World Building
    Tracey Baptiste
    Click HERE for description and syllabus
  5. Market Your Way to Success: Build Your Bestselling Book Marketing Plan
    Tonya Duncan Ellis and Jane Friedman
    Click HERE for description and syllabus
  6. The Miracle of the Picture Book
    Allyn Johnston
    Click HERE for description and syllabus
  7. Telling the Truth: Writing Powerful Picture Book Biographies
    Lesa Cline Ransome and James Ransome
    Click HERE for description and syllabus
  8. True Revision for Novelists
    Elana K. Arnold and Eliot Schrefer
    Click HERE for description and syllabus

 

Creative Labs: Illustrators

 

  1. The Art of Business: Building, Expanding, and Sustaining Your Illustration Career
    Sophie Blackall, Pat Cummings, Christy Ewers, Rudy Gutierrez, Laurent Linn, Brendon MacDonald, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Shadra Strickland, and Cecilia Yung
    Click HERE for description and syllabus
  2. The Art of Photoshop
    Paul Bodley, William Low, Jasmin Rubero, and Cecilia Yung
    Click HERE for description and syllabus
  3. Breaking the Frame: Exploring the Expanding Universe of Graphic Novel Illustration
    Linda Camacho, Laurent Linn, Jen Wang, and Raina Telgemeier
    Click HERE for description and syllabus
  4. Mix it Up: Three Top Illustrators Share Tips, Tools, and Techniques in Three Types of Media
    Micha Archer, Jason Chin, Pat Cummings, and Paul O. Zelinsky
    Click HERE for description and syllabus