Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Speaker Profile - Pat Cummings

Illustrator, Other, and Writer

Region: New York: Metropolitan
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
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Pat Cummings is the author/illustrator of over forty books for young readers. She also edited the award-winning series, Talking With Artists, which profiles prominent children's book illustrators. She teaches at Parsons and Pratt, and her children's book illustration class has a growing number of notable illustrator/authors among its graduates. Pat serves on the SCBWI Board of Advisors as well as on the boards of the Authors Guild, the Authors League Fund, The Authors Guild Foundation and as Chair for the Founders Award for the annual Original Art Show at the Society of Illustrators. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America, East. Along with visiting schools, universities, and organizations to speak about children’s books, she conducts a summer Children’s Book Boot Camp that brings writers and illustrators together with agents and top editors and art directors from major publishing houses.

Presentation Description:
BY AGE RANGE: Kindergarten - 6th grade: Students will learn how authors and illustrators turn their ideas into books by participating in the creation of an original story. Through sketches and behind-the-book anecdotes, the step-by-step book-making process becomes accessible to even the youngest student. Every presentation features several books, at least two sketches, and Q&A time to address the individual interests of young writers and artists. 7th grade through adult: Through a Powerpoint or slide presentation, a career in illustration, writing or the arts is explored. Each presentation offers a behind-the-scene view of several books, tips on preparing for and entering the business, a Q&A session and, if suitable, sketches as well. Workshops: More personal, one-on-one programs with smaller groups of selected students and/or adults who have an interest in writing or illustrating. LENGTH Total Programs: 3 presentations, maximum/3 hours, maximum Presentations: From 20 minutes to 1 hour Workshops: From 30 minutes to 2 hours REQUIREMENTS Easel and pad, as needed Digital or slide projector, as needed Microphone, as needed (Clip on preferred for younger audiences) Workshop materials, as needed