WORKSHOPS & PRESENTATIONS

Presentation Type: Class or Group (max 50) – Interactive Book Reading and Presentation 

Age groups: suitable for grades 3 - 6      45 minutes duration

Presentation Overview: This presentation takes students through picture books Nomax! and Was Not Me!, and then on a visual journey through the process of writing and illustrating these books, with a focus on the illustrations and how they work to complement text, and vice versa. Explains simply the picture book creation process.

A brief overview of storymapping and character development is included. Story arc and structure is explained and exampled as in Was Not Me! Point of view is also discussed with an example of how story could be told from another character’s perspective.

The importance of setting in a story and how to create a place and time. Editing is discussed and exampled. Some examples of how to get ideas for stories are given.

Presentation Type: Class or Group (max 50) – Interactive Book Reading and Illustration Presentation 
Age groups: suitable for grades Prep - 2      45 minutes duration

This presentation takes students through picture books Nomax! and Was Not Me!, and then on a visual journey through the process of writing and illustrating these books, with a focus on the illustrations and how they work to complement text, and vice versa. Interactive illustration workshop teaching students how to easily create expressions and a imagination freeing exercise in monster creation. ​

Presentation Type: Class or Group (max 50) – Interactive Book Reading and Illustration Presentation 
Age groups: suitable for grades 3 - 6      45 minutes duration

Presentation Overview: An interactive presentation showcasing the creation of the illustrations for Nomax! which feature traditional and digital techniques. Simple interactive illustration workshop included. Students also learn about story arc and structure, and how to best create great stories that hook the reader.

Presentation Type: Class or Group (max 50) – Interactive Book Reading and Presentation 
Age groups: suitable for grades 3 - 6      45 minutes duration

Presentation Overview: An interactive reading of the Was Not Me! - a rhyming picture book. Students learn about the process of editing, in both the writing and the illustrations. Students also learn about rhyme and how to best make it work.

 

ALL ABOUT BOOKS

Presentation Type: Class or Group (max 50) Presentation 

Age groups: suitable for grades 1 - 6      45 minutes duration

Presentation Overview: This presentation takes children through the many and varied styles of children’s books, as well as the behind-the-scenes work that goes into books. Book styles, target markets, readership, creators, drafts, types of texts, inspiration, differences in authors and creators, processes and ideas are discussed. The creation and final publication process for Nomax! is discussed in brief. 

 

SHOW, DON'T TELL

Workshop Type: Group (max 12) Workshop 

Age groups: suitable adult beginner writers      60 minutes/ 90 minutes/ 3 hour duration

In this workshop I will focus on the elements of a successful picture book including structure and the story arc. I will explore the importance of illustration to tell the story alongside, and sometimes in contrast to, the words. I will delve into the importance of allowing the illustrations to speak and for layout to create dynamism or quiet as required. I will educate on the process of printing to give participants a better understanding of layout, sheet size, pagination and colour reproduction.  

WRITING FOR PICTURE BOOKS

Workshop Type: Group (max 12) Workshop 

Age groups: suitable adult beginner writers      60 minutes/ 90 minutes/ 3 hour duration

In this workshop I will focus on the elements of a successful picture book writing structure and the story arc. I will focus on ideas generation including drawing from experience or common childhood themes. These may include fear of the dark, a desire for independence, a need for acceptance or the emotional impacts of feeling different. The workshop will discuss writing for an illustrated story and also, for illustrators, how to tell their stories through words. At the conclusion of the workshop, particpants will have written a simple story and have the skills to structure and write for picture books 

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