Picture Books: James Mayhew & Sarah McIntyre, Guest Pam Smy

Picture Books: James Mayhew & Sarah McIntyre, Guest Pam Smy

Date(s) - Mon 16th Sep - Sat 21st Sep, 2019
All Day

Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire , IV4 7HT

Creating Inspiration

James and Sarah will lead you through the basics of structuring a picture book, discuss sources of inspiration, techniques, and share from their experience. Bring your questions, as they talk about working with agents and editors, and how to promote your work. Pack your drawing materials and, if you want, your portfolio and work-in-progress books for them to review. If you haven’t a work-in-progress picture book, it’s fine if you want to start from scratch! Your tutors will walk you through designing characters, creating thumbnail roughs, and full-size pencil roughs, so you’ll be set to create finished artwork for your book.

From the best-selling Katie series, to Ella Bella Ballerina, James Mayhew has been creating books full of art, stories and music for 30 years. James also works with musicians and symphony orchestras, developing and presenting classical concerts that incorporate traditional storytelling, and art created live on stage. A passionate advocate of art, music, story and culture for children, James is in demand internationally as a speaker, performer and educator, at museums and galleries, universities, and both literary and music festivals.

Sarah McIntyre has written and illustrated picture books including The New Neighbours, Dinosaur Firefighters and There’s a Shark in the Bath. She loves collaborating with friends on books such as Jampires, co-written and illustrated with David O’Connell. Her co-authored books with Philip Reeve include The Legend of Kevin, Oliver and the Seawigs and Pugs of the Frozen North; the two of them have travelled widely to present their books at festivals and schools. In 2015, she and James Mayhew co-founded the #PicturesMeanBusiness campaign, helping people see how everyone wins when illustrators are properly credited for their work.

Pam Smy has run a children’s library, worked in a specialist children’s bookshop, and illustrated books for all ages. She loves illustrating chapter books and YA fiction, and lectures part-time on the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. A founding member of Orange Beak Studio, a mentoring service for emerging illustrators, Pam has illustrated books by various authors including Linda Newbery and Julia Donaldson. Her debut novel, Thornhill, was published in 2017.

A place on this course will be awarded to the winner of the Writing for Children Bursary.

Please read our Terms & Conditions before booking.
Bursaries are always available, and you also have the option to pay in installments, see How to Book.


This course is now fully booked. Please contact us on info@moniackmhor.org.uk or 01463 741 675 to be added to the waiting list.

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