Nurturing Your Artistic Voice: A Guide for Kidlit Rebels and Risk-takers 2019

About This Event

Overview

Uncover ways to bring your artistic voice to the page.

The children’s book industry demands well-executed work that feels fresh and can serve today’s competitive market. But how do we merge business demands with the truest artistic expression of ourselves? We must develop a strong artistic voice to celebrate a rich honesty beyond composition, elevating the urgency, authenticity, and beauty of our individual stories. Illustrator Carolyn Flores and author Meg Medina will lead participants in an exploration of identity, creativity, and publishing to help bring each author’s and illustrator’s voice to the page.

What You’ll Learn

During this workshop, we will:

Review the work of recent creators whose innovative art successfully blends both marketability and a unique aesthetic.

Journal and write small personal pieces to access Voice as artists and identify our truest goals as creators of works for young people.

Study the probable rough spots in production (or editorial mores) that threaten innovation.

Roll up our sleeves to craft a piece of art or prose that reflects us as literary artists

Explore the impact of our authorial voices on craft.

Work in small-group roundtables to receive constructive feedback on works-in-progress, facilitated by Meg and Carolyn.

Who Should Attend

Authors and illustrators who are looking for a creative working retreat.

Agenda

During this workshop, we will:

Review the work of recent creators whose innovative art successfully blends both marketability and a unique aesthetic.

Journal and write small personal pieces to access Voice as artists and identify our truest goals as creators of works for young people.

Study the probable rough spots in production (or editorial mores) that threaten innovation.

Roll up our sleeves to craft a piece of art or prose that reflects us as literary artists

Explore the impact of our authorial voices on craft.

Work in small-group roundtables to receive constructive feedback on works-in-progress, facilitated by Meg and Carolyn.

Resources

Meg Medina Talks with Roger Sutton of the Horn Book

Carolyn Flores’ website and blog

Interview with Art Director Ellice Lee

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