Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Master Class With Don Tate: For Writers & Illustrators: Creating Winning Picture Book Biographies

Date(s) - 10/12/2019
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Seattle Central Library
1000 Fourth Ave - Seattle, WA 98104


As an illustrator, words frightened Don Tate. After all, artists create pictures—they don’t write stories. So how did a non-word person go about writing award-winning picture books (ones that he did not illustrate)? In this session, Don will reveal all of that, discussing both sides of the bookmaking process. How do creators of picture book biographies find and then zero in on the right information? How do illustrators find their writing voice? And what about research: what to include and leave out? Don will detail his process of planning a story from initial inspiration through creating thumbnail sketches and dummy books. The session will also include a hands-on mining-your-memories exercise.