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Picture Book INTENSIVE w/Naomi Kirsten, Senior Editor, Chronicle Books | Oahu

Date(s) - 06/02/2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
46-007 Lilipuna Rd - Kaneohe, HI 96744


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Demystifying the Publication Process and Making It Work for You 

The Intensive is for SCBWI PAL Members, already published, and advanced writers &/or illustrators WITH a completed picture book manuscript, dummy or portfolio (limited to 12 participants). The Day 1 Workshop is highly recommended for those interested in getting to know Chronicle Books publication process and booklist.

Registration/Critique Submission Deadline
May 22nd, 2019 (11:59 PM) Full refunds can be given until the deadline. Due to the format of the class there can be NO refunds after deadline, no exceptions.

Cost (includes a critique)
$75 SCBWI Member
$100 Non-Member

Prerequisites & Requirements
1) must follow the submission guidelines (listed below)
2) complete required reading prior to Intensive June 2nd (three picture books listed below)
3) participate in the roundtable critique (details listed below)
4) bring your own lunch, snacks, beverages for the day
5) you must be able to stay the entire time, the event will be on a small island accessible only by boat

Master Class Intensive Objectives
— Focus on mechanics of writing and illustrating.
— Undertake a deep dive of three picture books from the original pitch through the development process to publication to understand the evolution of a project from beginning to end.
— Learn about non-book opportunities for authors and illustrators.
— Participate in a Roundtable Critique discussion and review with Naomi Kirsten and other attendees.
— Work to develop a solid picture book pitch for submission to Chronicle Books.
— Each weekend participant will have the opportunity to present one project to Senior Editor Naomi Kirsten for her list at Chronicle Books. Attendees may submit up to one year after the workshop and will receive a response within three months of their submission’s receipt. Details will be provided during the Intensive.

About Naomi Kirsten
Naomi Kirsten is a Senior Editor at Chronicle Books in San Francisco, California. She acquires approximately 20 titles each year, ranging from picture books to games, board books, and novelty formats with a focus on smart, art-driven projects. Naomi’s titles include I DIDN’T DO MY HOMEWORK BECAUSE…, which has 21 foreign editions to date; THE TRUTH ABOUT MY UNBELIEVABLE SCHOOL…; New York Times Notable Book and Society of Illustrators Gold Medal Winner THE BEAR’S SONG; I HATE MY CATS (A LOVE STORY); WHEN AN ELEPHANT FALLS IN LOVE; the YOU AND ME, ME AND YOU series; SUCH A GOOD BOY; and THE STAR WARS COOKBOOK: BB-ATE, WOOKIEE PIES, HAN SANDWICHES AND OTHER GALACTIC SNACKS, and ICE SABERS, projects she originated for the Star Wars franchise. She also develops publishing programs with Taro Gomi, Benjamin Chaud, Richard McGuire, and Marc Boutavant. On Instagram and Twitter: @naomi_kirsten


Reminder: You will be on an island accessible only by boat and must be able to stay the entire time.

9:30-9:45 Check-in
Arrive at Lilapuna Pier for check-in and shuttle boat ride to Coconut Island. Don’t be late or you will miss the boat and the Intensive (because of the location & limited space we are unable to provide refunds , no exceptions). More detailed directions will be sent to attendees prior to the event.

10:00-10:30 Short Walk to Classroom w/Mini Tour
Kirsten Carlson, Regional Advisor, will give a brief overview of Coconut Island and the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. She has been volunteering and working there for the past four years as Artist-in-Residence in the MakerLab and the Sci-Art Communications Manager.

10:30-11:30 Beyond the Book: Thinking Beyond the Page
With an ever-expanding market and new markets for art-driven titles, there are increasing opportunities for novelty items and gifts inspired by a visual or text-based narrative. What does it mean to create narrative-driven gifts? And how might a book serve as an anchor for such a creation? We will explore examples of these gifts in the market, focusing specifically on ancillary/novelty publishing that Naomi has developed with Marc Boutavant, Benjamin Chaud, Lately Lily, and GAMAGO.

11:30-12:30 Understanding the Universal Language of Picture Books to Expand Your Audience
With the market for picture books and children’s novelty rapidly changing, there is a greater opportunity for new voices and distinctive aesthetic sensibilities to come to the publishing fore. In this group workshop, we will do a close reading of three Chronicle Books picture books that have either reviewed well or performed well in the United States. What aspects of these books have resonated with reviewers and readers? And what lessons might we draw from them for attendees’ works in progress?

Required Reading:

— I Didn’t Do My Homework Because… by Davide Cali (Author), Benjamin Chaud (Illustrator)

— I Hate My Cats (A Love Story) by Davide Cali (Author), Anna Pirolli (Illustrator)

— You and Me, Me and You by Miguel Tanco

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-4:45  Roundtable Critique: A roundtable critique is a great format because attendees will learn from feedback shared by Naomi as well as other attendees. The format does require attendees to be comfortable receiving AND giving considerate and helpful feedback in group setting.  The goal will be to highlight submission strengths as well as to locate areas requiring attention to best facilitate the revision process. Manuscripts must be submitted by May 22nd, see below for details. Print outs of submissions will be provided at the class.

5:00 PM Boat returns to Lilipuna Pier

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Roundtable Critique (included in cost)
Each submission will receive written feedback from Naomi (SCBWI Gold Form) in addition to live feedback during the Roundtable Critique from Naomi and other attendees.

You may submit ONE of the following for a critique:

a) Picture Book Manuscript

b) Picture Book Dummy

c) Picture Book Illustration Portfolio

Submission Guidelines
– submissions must be digital (.PDF or .DOC)
– submissions accepted between May 16th and May 22nd
– submission upload link will be emailed to you on or before May 16th
– incorrectly formatted submissions will not be accepted (notification of acceptance/rejection within 24 hours of receipt)
– No submissions accepted after May 22nd (ie. do not wait until the last day if you have concerns about formatting).
– You may not attend the masterclass without a submission. No exceptions, no refunds.

Formatting Instructions (Minimum requirements listed below. SCBWI The BOOK, provides additional guidance, if needed.)

MANUSCRIPTS (word count: approx. 500 words)
– page setup: 8½  x 11 inches
– typeface: 12-point Arial or Times New Roman
– double space text
– pages should be numbered consecutively
– 1-inch or 1.25-inch margins on each side of the page

DUMMIES (page count: approx. 32-48 pages)
–page setup: 8½  x 11 inches (vertical or horizontal)
– dummy format: 1 page OR 1 spread per 8½  x 11 inch page
– include black-and-white sketches with text and up to three finished illustrations

PORTFOLIOS (number of illustrations: 7-10)
– page setup: 8½  x 11 inches (vertical or horizontal)
– include title page with contact information and website
– one illustration per page, include name on each page
– no more than 10 illustrations


This event is fully booked.