Upcoming Illustrator Event: Picture Book Collaborations

Picture Book Collaborations – How authors and illustrators work together to produce award-winning picture books

Online via Zoom

Date & Time
Saturday 5 September 2020, 9am-4.30pm AEST

$195 ASA members / $390 non-members


Have you ever wondered how authors and illustrators collaborate to produce award-winning picture books?

In this full day online session, authors and illustrators will explore answers to questions such as:

  • What comes first – illustrations or text? Can you do both?
  • How do publishing companies go about making picture books?
  • What does the author need to consider? What does the illustrator need to consider?
  • What do I do next with my picture book manuscript or illustration concepts?

Once registered, participants will be asked to submit their draft project (or a sample of the text or illustration) to the presenters prior to the workshop. A few projects will be workshopped during the course with the authors/illustrators permission. Please send to programs@asauthors.org by 24 August 2020.

“Starting with a sketch of an idea for a children’s picture book, Erica and Craig have helped me to develop my story and move towards creating an illustration storyboard. Craig and Erica have worked with me on character, storyline, visual arc and voice. Both are talented artists and expert with writing, with Craig’s work principally in illustration and Erica’s text. They riff off each other to build ideas, pathways and possibilities, but always responsive to the creator.

It’s a delicate task to support emerging creativity, the more so if it has lain dormant for many years under the blanket of ‘ordinary’ life. Whether a workshop, summer school or hour by hour sessions, Erica and Craig are creative scouts and pragmatists of economical and lasting value to new and experienced visual and text creators.” – Susan Boden


About the presenters:

Craig Smith is one of Australia’s most prolific children’s book illustrators, with over 400 books published. He has collaborated with many of Australia’s most experienced writers and editors, including Doug MacLeod, Paul Jennings, Libby Gleeson, Duncan Ball, Emily Rodda, Gary Crew, Sally Morgan and Gillian Rubinstein. Craig’s work over the last forty-two years has been acknowledged in the CBCA Book of the Year awards, as well as in children’s choice awards around Australia. In 2011, Craig was awarded the biennial Euphemia Tanner Award, which recognised his distinguished services to children’s literature and his encouragement of the joy of reading in children.


Erica Wagner has worked as an editor and publisher of books for children and young adults since 1988, including 10 years with Penguin Australia, one year starting a children’s list for Duffy & Snellgrove and 20 years with Allen & Unwin, working with many of Australia’s finest authors and illustrators. She is also a co-director of Twelve Panels Press. In 1999 she spent time in the USA on the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship. In 2017 she was awarded the Dromkeen Medal and in 2020 the ABIA’s Pixie O’Harris Award for her outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature. In 2019 Erica co-facilitated, with Johanna Bell, the successful Octopus Story Camp for Top End artists and writers. Erica is now a freelance publishing consultant with a focus on collaborative book development projects.


How to book:

Book via the ASA website here: https://www.asauthors.org/events/category/picture-book-collaborations

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