I had the opportunity to attend a picture book workshop last Saturday. It was put on by local illustrator, Joseph Cowman. Even though I am not an illustrator, it was wonderful to have the chance to learn from one. As a picture book writer, I have to leave room in my writing for the illustrator to illustrate. That is why I was so excited to attend this workshop. I had the opportunity to learn more about the illustration process, and how the illustrator goes about illustrating a picture book. I also got to ask questions at the end, which I found very beneficial.
I’m glad that my local SCBWI provided this opportunity. There are so many opportunities to learn in this industry. You just have to take the time to find them. And if there are not as many opportunities where you live, there are many great online options. I have joined numerous online groups and challenges that have given me insight and knowledge. It has also given me the opportunity to meet picture book writers from all over. It’s fun to make connections with people you might have not otherwise met. But the very best thing that I have gained from joining online groups, is that I have had the opportunity to learn from picture book authors and ask them direct questions. This has really helped me to better understand picture books and how to write them.
I highly recommend seeking out and finding opportunities for your writing. Whether online or in person or both, you will be so glad you did. You will be able to learn, grow, and gain new insights. The connections and knowledge you obtain will be invaluable. Take the time. You won’t regret it.