So You Want to Write and/or Illustrate a Children's Book.

Next workshop - May 14, 2016. Details coming!

South Lake Tahoe and surrounding areas: This two part workshop is aimed at helping writers and illustrators of children’s, middle grade and young adult books find their footing in the publishing industry. An ample Q&A session provides a breakdown of top tips for creating and submitting marketable work for younger audiences. The Q&A is followed by intensive, personalized time aimed at familiarizing writers and illustrators with industry tools and the query process while working directly with attendees on how to publish their personal projects. The workshop is limited to 8 students to provide enough time to work with each attendee.

If I don't have any children's book publishing workshops scheduled I often do one on one consultations. If you are interested, I encourage you to think about the things you want to know most or maybe the things that are holding you back from moving forward on your project. Make a list and schedule a time with me. Please contact me for more information.

And don't forget to join SCBWI if you're interested in writing and/or illustrating for children. They provide a wealth of information, a phenomenal amount of support and opportunities to meet some of the best friends you'll ever have.


Our brains work rapidly to translate what we see into efficient symbols so we can react quickly. This is great when danger is present, but some of us forget to turn that function off when it's time to relax. If you learn to see by sketching, you will automatically switch your brain into a more relaxed mode, a skill that will reduce stress and benefit all areas of your life. Sketching will allow you to enjoy the present moment by truly seeing and connecting with everything around you. Anyone can draw. It's a matter of truly seeing rather than merely looking. Whatever your skill level, sketching will increase your ability to translate what you see and feel into powerful visual representations. In my sketching workshops, surrounded by the serenity and beauty of Lake Tahoe, I teach many different approaches to seeing and capturing all types of subject matter in ways that no camera can do. You will be astonished at what you will accomplish in a short period of time. Workshops are available for all skill levels and class sizes. I also offer private and semi-private drawing classes to take your drawing skills to the next level. Please contact me for more information.