Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Picture Book Illustrators Writing Workshop with Andy Rash

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Date(s) - 09/02/2017
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Round Rock Public Library
216 E Main St - Round Rock, Texas 78664


Picture Book Illustrators Writing Workshop

Author/Illustrators: This is a workshop for you!

Picture books tell stories in words and pictures, but each requires different skills. How can visual thinkers perfect words? How can wordsmiths create pictures? How can you put them together to tell YOUR story your way?

This full-day workshop will show you how.


The second in our picture book workshop series, and building upon the foundation of last year's Project Picture Book, this workshop is for those who are illustrators and budding authors AND those who are authors and budding illustrators.

We'll dig deeper into the craft, covering more sides of the author/illustrator's process, discussing not only illustration but writing as well. (Including narrative syncopation. What's that? Come and find out!)

Come prepared to learn and to participate in guided exercises.

COST: $60 for SCBWI members, $100 for non-members.

LUNCH: Registration includes a light lunch of mixed sandwiches. If you have special dietary needs, please bring your own lunch.


Please arrive with a manuscript ready to work with. It may be original or an adaptation of a well-known story such as The Three Little Pigs. Keep in mind if you select a story protected by copyright, you will still find educational value in the project, but you may create legal difficulties for yourself if you attempt to publish it. Your manuscript should be 300 words or fewer. If you have trouble writing a manuscript that short, be sure to remove as many adjectives as possible and absolutely every adverb. If your manuscript is still too long, take out all of the funny parts.

This manuscript will be the basis of our project. We will discuss picture book structure, breaking up a manuscript page by page for maximum impact, and creating thumbnails and sketches to produce a book dummy. 

Please bring pencils and paper and pencil sharpeners and erasers. Bring your manuscript printed out with lots of space for notations, or in an editable document on a laptop.”


9:30 – 10:00 AM – Registration

10:00 – 10:10 Introductions

10:10 – 11:00 Picture book foundations, Jeff Crosby

11:00 – 11:10: Bathroom break

11:15 – 1:00 PM Craft session 1 with Andy Rash

1:00 – 1:45 Lunch

1:45 – 3:30 Craft session 2 with Andy Rash

3:30 – 4:00 PM Q&A Andy Rash and Jeff Crosby


Andy Rash is an illustrator and author who's a mainstay in the publishing industry. We’re excited to offer an entire day focused on picture books with him.

His books include Archie the Daredevil Penguin, Ten Little Zombies, and Are You a Horse?

Andy has created books with fantastic publishers including Scholastic, Chronicle, Penguin, Bloomsbury, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. His editorial illustrations have appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalTimeWiredThe New YorkerEntertainment Weekly, and many other national publications.

Jeff Crosby is an illustrator and author and an Austin SCBWI Mentor. He's the illustrator of over a dozen titles for children. 

He wrote and illustrated The Rockabilly Goats Gruff (Holiday House) and Wiener Wolf  ( Disney-Hyperion). With his wife, Shelley Ann Jackson, he co-wrote and co-illustrated two award winning nonfiction books for Tundra Books: Little Lions, Bull Baiters, and Hunting Hounds: A History of Dog Breeds and Harness Horses, Bucking Broncos and Pit Ponies: A History of Horse Breeds (2011). 

He also teaches graphic design and illustration in the Communication Design program at Texas State University.