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upcoming Workshops & EVENTS

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marika maijala
illustrator/Author/artist

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Date
Thursday 13th October 

Time
7-9.00PM (UK GMT)
 
Venue
Online, Zoom
 
FEE
£12 (INCLUDES booking fee)




 

Marika Maijala is a free artist based in Helsinki, Finland, where she has a studio on an island called Harakka. 

She is an author and illustrator of picture books as well a visual artist, graphic designer and animator. Maijala has illustrated picture books for all the main publishers in Finland and books with her illustrations have been published in more than 15 other countries. 

She was awarded Rudolf Koivu prize for the best Finnish children's book illustration twice, in 2009 and 2019. Five times she has been one of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award candidates of Finland. Her debut picture book as a children's book author, Rosie Runs (2018), was selected in The Bologna Illustrators Exhibition and the book was nominated for The Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize. In 2020 Maijala was awarded State Award for Illustration Art. 

Her illustrations for public spaces include OODI, the Central Library of Helsinki, as well as Pori City Central Hospital. Currently she is working on her third authored picture book and studying painting at Free Art School Helsinki.

Marika has taken part in solo exhibitions such as:

Galleria Snow, Berlin, coming up 2022

Lennätin Gallery, Harakka Island, Helsinki, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

and group ones including:

Artists’ Island, Harakka Island, Helsinki, 2021

Illustrators’ Exhibition, Bologna Bookfair, 2016, 2019

Biennale for Illustration, Bratislava, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2019

Join Marika to hear about her process and her inspirations. She will be discussing her work and materials and how she illustrates and writes her books. There will also be a Q&A opportunity after the talk.

Tickets are sold through Eventbrite and are non-refundable. Zoom links will be emailed directly to you on the day of the event around 5pm UK time.

 

The event is LIVE - but buying a ticket will give you access to a recording which will be available to view back for 72 hours afterwards. You will be sent a link for this the day after the event.

how to write a picture book Workshop
with Louise Grosart

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Date
Tuesday 18th October

Time
10AM-1PM (UK GMT)

Venue
Online, Zoom
 
FEE
£45 (INCLUDES booking fee)



 

Have you ever wanted to write a picture book but didn’t know where to start? 

Perhaps you are brimming with ideas but don’t know which one will hit the mark? 

Join picture-book expert Louise Grosart for a workshop on writing for the preschool audience. 

During the workshop, you will learn about: 

  • Different types of picture books

  • The latest trends

  • Top tips for writing for preschool children (and their carers!)

  • The publishing process

  • How to submit to agents 

 

You’ll also get the chance to get independent feedback on your ideas from Lou at the end of the session! We can’t wait to see you there! 

Louise Grosart has been working for the UK’s biggest publishers for over a decade. Specialising in preschool and picture books, she has worked on some of the biggest authors, illustrators and brands in children’s publishing, including Tom Fletcher, Shirley Hughes, Tintin, The Snowman and Peppa Pig, as well as launching a host of debut talent. Lou is well-known in the industry for her commercial publishing talent, thoughtful feedback and sparky ideas. She currently works for Ladybird Books. 

Tickets are sold through Eventbrite and are non-refundable. The event will be held online via ZOOM - the link will be sent to you directly via email a couple of days before the workshop.

The event will be LIVE - and will not be recorded for viewing afterwards.

Character Design Workshop
with Maisie Shearring

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Date
Saturday 22nd October

Time
10AM-1PM (UK GMT)

additional Date
Wednesday 16th November

TimE
1PM-4PM (UK GMT)

Venue
Online, Zoom
 
FEE
£45 (INCLUDES booking fee)


 

Character Workshop: Building a World for Your Picture Book Characters 

This workshop will give you an insight into how you can begin creating worlds for your characters - how to consider the spaces they live in and what it can add to both your story and the reader’s understanding of the characters in your book.

Illustrator and author, Maisie Paradise Shearring, will use examples from a broad range of picture book projects along with sharing how she approaches building worlds in her own picture books.

The workshop is roughly divided into three sections:

  • A lecture and Q&A

  • A drawing exercise

  • A final group discussion and chance for any last questions.

 

The workshop is open to all (whatever your level). It could be your first time creating a world for your character, you might be a student graduate, or currently working on a project that you’re keen to develop further.

Maisie Paradise Shearring is an international award-winning and published author-illustrator.

 

In 2015, Maisie received the prestigious Bologna International Illustrators Award in recognition for her graphic novel, Susan's School Days. Her first picture book, The Happy Prince, was nominated for the 2017 Bratislava Biennial of Illustration. Maisie's subsequent picture books include, I'm Actually Really Grown-Up Now and Anna & Otis, both published by Two Hoots.

 

Maisie is the illustrator of the picture book The Boy Who Loved Everyone, written by Jane Porter and published by Walker Books. This book was awarded The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award. Maisie has two new books coming out this year; in July, The Girl Who Noticed Everything, written by Jane Porter and published by Walker Books and in August Bob and Bunk, illustrated and written by Maisie and Rose Blake and designed by Ness Wood, published by HarperCollins.

 

Maisie has post-graduate lecturing experience, having worked on the MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. Maisie has been a mentor on the Picture Hooks scheme.

Tickets are sold through Eventbrite and are non-refundable. The event will be held online via ZOOM - the link will be sent to you directly via email a couple of days before the workshop.

The event will be LIVE - and will not be recorded for viewing afterwards.

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corinna luyken
illustrator/author

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Date
Thursday 10th November 

Time
7-9.00PM (UK GMT)
 
Venue
Online, Zoom
 
FEE
£12 (INCLUDES booking fee)
 

Corinna Luyken makes picture books for people of all ages.

Her books include The New York Times bestselling My HeartThe Book of Mistakes, and The Tree in Me. Her collaborations include Patchwork written by Matt de la Peña, Nothing in Common written by Kate Hoefler, and Something Good and Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse both written by Marcy Campbell. 

Corinna was raised in Oregon, California, and Hawaii; and studied dance improvisation, poetry, and printmaking at Middlebury College in Vermont. She now lives in Western Washington, near the Salish Sea, where she also likes to dig in the dirt, surf, and read with a cat (or two) on her lap.

Join Corinna to hear about her picture book making process, how she works on her own and other peoples texts and what inspires her. There will also be a Q&A opportunity after the talk.

Tickets are sold through Eventbrite and are non-refundable. Zoom links will be emailed directly to you on the day of the event around 5pm UK time.

 

The event is LIVE - but buying a ticket will give you access to a recording which will be available to view back for 72 hours afterwards. You will be sent a link for this the day after the event.

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LECTURE WITH helen boyle
what an agent does

Date
Thursday 24th November

Time
7-8.30PM (UK GMT)
 
Venue
Online, Zoom
 
FEE
£20 (INCLUDES booking fee)
 

Find out all about what an agent does!

Helen Boyle is a literary and illustration agent at Pickled Ink, representing a small clutch of authors and illustrators. She has worked in children’s publishing for over twenty years, beginning her career in marketing and design before moving into editorial. After stints as a commissioning fiction editor and a foreign literary scout, she joined Pickled Ink as a managing agent in 2016.

Pickled Ink is a small, boutique illustration and literary agency representing the best in illustration and writing. Helen’s authors and illustrators include Laura Ellen Anderson, Melissa Castrillón, Cindy Wume, Phil Corbett, Lo Cole and Dominique Valente.

Come along to this lecture to hear Helen discuss what her job involves, how she works with illustrators and what Pickled Ink are looking for in terms of new illustrators.

There will also be a Q&A opportunity after the talk.

Tickets are sold through Eventbrite and are non-refundable. The event will be held online via ZOOM - the link will be sent to you directly via email on the day of the talk around 5pm UK time.

The event is LIVE - but buying a ticket will give you access to a recording which will be available to view back for 72 hours afterwards. You will be sent a link for this the day after the event.

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Cover Design Workshop
with ness wood

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Date
Wednesday 30th November

Time
10AM-1PM (UK GMT)

Venue
Online, Zoom
 
FEE
£45 (INCLUDES booking fee)


 

Back by popular demand!

This workshop is open to anyone at any level and will give you the knowledge and insight into creating YOUR cover design for YOUR book. It could be your first time designing a cover, you might be a student, graduate, or currently working on a project that you need cover design help with.

This workshop will offer you:

  • Skills to move forward with your cover design

  • Ideas on cover design to observe and discuss

  • Feedback on one of your cover ideas

 

HOUR 1

Art director and designer, Ness Wood will discuss her individual approach to picture book cover design, based on her experience working in publishing for many years. Ness will guide you through the different approaches and key elements to think about that are often used when creating a cover. Maisie will share some of her industry experiences working as an illustrator with designers on her book covers. 

HOUR 2

You will work on your own cover idea using the design information gained.

HOUR 3

This will be an opportunity to reflect on the cover ideas you have created. 

After the workshop, you will be given the opportunity to submit your own cover design for feedback from industry professionals.

Tickets are sold through Eventbrite and are non-refundable. The event will be held online via ZOOM - the link will be sent to you directly via email a couple of days before the workshop.

The event will be LIVE - and will not be recorded for viewing afterwards.