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From Inspiration to Publication: Writing and Illustrating a Children’s Book

“From Inspiration to Publication: Writing and Illustrating a Children’s Book” with Katia Wish walks us through the journey of children’s book publication from the initial idea through to the final book publication.

Presenter: Katia Wish

This webinar originally aired on January 19, 2022 and is approximately one-hour long.

What does a journey from inspiration to the publication of a children’s book look like?

How do you start your process?
• From a character?
• From an idea?
• From a childhood memory?

All of the above!

Join author-illustrator, Katia Wish to see how she developed her latest book, RACCOON’S PERFECT SNOWMAN. From childhood memories to initial character studies to doodles/notes to figuring out the heart of the story to storyboards to character consistency to many versions of a dummy book to submission. And as you think that the book is almost there, there are many more revisions with an editor and an art director. They help you make the book the best it can be!

Attendees will learn about these topics:

● inspiration
● idea generation
● character
● initial sketches/ doodles
● manuscript
● many drafts of manuscripts /dummy books
● research
● storyboard
● sharing your drafts with critique partners/an agent/an editor
● character consistency
● final sketches for the book
● submitting your dummy book to an agent or an editor
● working with an editor/art director to make the story better
● revising the text/art based on an editor/art director suggestions
● working on final images for the book

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Non-Member Price:


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More About This Webinar or Presenter

About Katia:

Katia Wish is a children’s book author-illustrator based in Boston, MA. She enjoys creating her own stories as well as illustrating manuscripts of other authors.

Katia grew up in Belarus enjoying cloudy, rainy, snowy and occasionally sunny days, playing outdoors, reading books and painting with watercolors. Now she lives in Boston with her family. All of them enjoy having nature adventures in any weather and reading picture books together. Katia prefers solitude when writing books and creating her illustrations in watercolor, pencil and ink in her cozy studio.

Katia is the winner of the 2011 Tomie DePaola Award from SCBWI. In addition to working on children’s books, Katia teaches illustration at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

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twitter: @KatiaWish
instagram: @katiawish

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