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SCBWI AZ KidLit Tools Workshop: Picture Book Basics and Beyond (Phoenix)

Date(s) - 04/04/2020
9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Mesa Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room
165 N Centenniel Way, Ste 208 - Mesa, AZ 85201

Picture Book Basics and Beyond

This is a half-day craft intensive aimed at writers and illustrators and designed as part of a series to provide craft tools for creators at all levels


8:30 am: Registration/Check-in

9:00 am – 10:15 am – Instructional Time: The Picture Book Dummy for Dummies: The Foundation For Creating Better Picture Books – Michael Hale

10:15 am – 11:00 am – Instructional Time: The Picture Book Dummy: The Writer’s Revision and Editing Friend – Tanja Bauerle

10:30 am – 10:45 am – Break

10:45 am – 11:30 am – Instructional Time : What to Say and How to Say It: Voice in Picture Books– Dianne White

11:30 am – 12:15 pm – Instructional Time : Writing Rhyme that’s Sublime – Dawn Young

12:15 PM: Close



Early Bird Member $35.00 (Until March 21, 2020)*

Early Bird Non-Member $49.00 (Until March 21, 2020)*

Regular Member $45.00 (Beginning March 22, 2020)

Regular Non-Member $59.00 (Beginning March 22, 2020)


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Workshop Presentation Descriptions::
The Picture Book Dummy for Dummies: The Foundation For Creating Better Picture Books presented by Michael Hale

Picture books come in all shapes and sizes, but they are fundamentally the same. They are designed to be a delivery vehicle. An industry standardized template in which to tell a story. Understanding the mechanics of the picture book as a medium for storytelling is essential to every writer or writer/illustrator. Especially those who hope to be successful in this genre. Knowing how to create, revise and edit a picture book dummy needs to be part of your process. Learn how to create one and how you can use this vital tool to improve your writing.

The Picture Book Dummy: The Writer’s Revision and Editing Friend presented by Tanja Bauerle

Picture book dummies are the domain of the illustrator. NOT SO! Learn how as a writer you MUST use this vital tool when crafting, revising and editing your manuscript. This workshop will guide you through how to use a dummy to ensure that your story will function properly within the picture book format. Learn about page turns, pacing, rhythm, language and more, in order to craft a manuscript that editors will love.

What to Say and How to Say It: Voice in Picture Books presented by Diane White

You’ve drafted a picture book and you’re ready to revise. You want your manuscript to stand out from the rest, but how? One way is by experimenting with what teacher and picture book author, Ann Whitford Paul, calls “the voices of story.”

This workshop will invite participants to explore the five voices with examples from recently published picture books on the theme of “friendship.” We’ll practice identifying the voices and apply what we’ve learned to a short writing exercise. Participants can then add these poetic voices to their toolbox, as they craft and revise their own picture book manuscripts.

Writing Rhyme that’s Sublime presented by Dawn Young

Taking your rhyme to the next level. The importance of meter, stress, and rhythm and what to do and what not to do when writing in rhyme. A look at picture book(s) with clever, extraordinary rhyme. When to write in rhyme and when not to. Tools, techniques and developing an ear for rhyme. How to maintain your story while writing in rhyme. Words to watch out for – “window words”


The Presenters::

Michael Hale has over 30 years of experience as a Creative Director, entrepreneur, writer and Illustrator. He has illustrated many picture books and written two himself. His book, Bad Monkey Business was awarded a Spark Honor by SCBWI in 2018. He also serves as the Illustrator Coordinator for SCBWI’s Arizona Region. When he is not writing or illustrating, he devotes his time to coaching others looking to forge their own path in children’s publishing. You can see more of his work by visiting


Tanja Bauerle, an award-winning children’s book illustrator, is originally from Germany, but grew up outside Melbourne, Australia. She now calls Gilbert home, where she lives with her family and a menagerie of animals including an alpaca, horse and tortoise. Tanja holds a degree in Computer Animation and has illustrated several picture and chapter books. Her illustration credits include The Park Our Town Built, written by Diane Gonzales Bertrand, and The Adventures of Salt & Soap at the Grand Canyon, written by Lori Rome. Tanja is currently writing and illustrating several of her own picture books and is involved in several online writing and illustration communities. She is the Assistant Regional Advisor for the SCBWI Arizona Region. For more, visit

Dianne White is the award-winning author of BLUE ON BLUE (Beach Lane Books/ S&S), illustrated by Caldecott medalist, Beth Krommes, GOODBYE BRINGS HELLO, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and WHO EATS ORANGE?, illustrated by Robin Page (Beach Lane Books). GREEN on GREEN, illustrated by Felicita Sala and WALLS, illustrated by Barroux are forthcoming in 2020, with WINTER LULLABY, illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki, coming out in 2021. Dianne holds an elementary bilingual teaching credential, a master’s degree in Language and Literacy, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. For more, visit

Dawn Young graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and later from the University of Phoenix with an MBA.  For years, Dawn worked as an engineer and then as a manager at a large aerospace company, until her creative side called her to pursue her dream of writing children’s books. After reading and writing hundreds of corporate documents, none of which were titled The Little Engineer Who Could or Don’t Let the Pigeon Fly the Airbus, Dawn is thrilled to now be reading and writing picture books instead.  She loves using rhyme, puns, figurative language and humor to make her stories fun to read. For more, visit


Terms and Conditions::

“By signing up for this event, the registrant acknowledges that audio taping, videotaping and/or transmitting or aiding in any of the foregoing of any part of the conference (including, but not limited to, presentations, individual sessions and networking events) is prohibited. Additionally, the material in all handouts and presentations is copyrighted and may not be reprinted, blogged, written, orally transmitted, and/or reproduced without written permission of the copyright holder.”

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*Before March 27, 2020—50% of workshop tuition

*No refunds after March 27, 2020.

*No credits will be issued.

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