Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Heroes, Villains, and Talking Ducks: A Character Workshop with Troy Cummings

Date(s) - 09/26/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Weter Hall
3317 Fifth Avenue West - Seattle, WA 98119

Join author/illustrator Troy Cummings (NOTEBOOK OF DOOM, CAN I BE YOUR DOG?) on Thursday, September 26, at 7pm for a 90-minute get-your-hands-dirty workshop for writers and illustrators: Heroes, Villains, and Talking Ducks: How to create children’s book characters that hook your reader, propel your story, and have never been thought up by anyone else. Somehow.

Cummings will step through his process, from sketches to rough draft to book proposal to rejection letter, and then he’ll put you to work. We’ll design characters from scratch, and then plop those characters into a scene or two to see what they do. We’ll touch on action, dialogue, setting, pacing, and narrative voice. Also: snacks! Q&A to follow.
This workshop is designed for writers of all levels: beginners and veterans; picture book and middle grade; and illustrators who want to jump into writing. Please show up with a notebook and a pen/pencil. Eraser optional.
About Troy: New York Times bestselling author Troy Cummings has written and illustrated more than thirty children’s books, including THE NOTEBOOK OF DOOM series, THE BINDER OF DOOM series, CAN I BE YOUR DOG?, and THE EENSY WEENSY SPIDER FREAKS OUT (BIG-TIME!). He has also illustrated books by other authors, including CARING FOR YOUR LION (by Tammi Sauer), LITTLE RED GLIDING HOOD (by Tara Lazar), MIGHTY TRUCK (by Chris Barton), and VROOM VROOM GARBAGE TRUCK (by Asia Citro).
His illustrations have appeared in newspapers, magazines, greeting cards, board games, jigsaw puzzles, a French opera, and on the back of a box of fish sticks.
Troy Cummings lives in Indiana, where he steals jokes from his wife, kids, cats, and goldfish.
More at, or @troycummings on Twitter.