Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

April Pulley Sayre Celebration Conference talks descriptions


How Journaling with Words and Sketches Can Strengthen Observation, Organize Your Topic and Lead to Writing Better Non-Fiction with Lita Judge

In this presentation I will delve into how I rely on journaling as the building block to enhance my relationship with nature, build my imagination, create a daily practice, and eventually create my books. A journal with words and sketches is a place where we can hone our observation skills while doing research. And even if you aren’t an illustrator, sketching a topic of study can really enhance your knowledge of that subject and open up new ways of thinking about how to write. A journal is also a judgement-free place to use your own thought process to uncover writing prompts that will help when you turn to creating a manuscript. To demonstrate this I will share several step by step ways of how I used my journals to create several of my books, including one which was pulled straight out of a childhood journal.

An office hour with Greenwillow Books featuring Virginia Duncan, VP & Publisher and Sylvie Le Floc’h, Associate Art Director

Ever wonder what editors and art directors are looking for? Join Virginia and Sylvie as they give live 10-minute feedback sessions for 8 brave attendees. Sign up when you register to have your picture book dummy or portfolio looked at or just listen in as they offer helpful comments for others that you can apply to your own work. After signing up for this opportunity, you have until October 28th, 2022, to send Diane Bradley-Kantor a PDF of your picture book dummy or a link to your online portfolio.