Crafting a Picture Book Dummy with Heart and Soul: A Creative Incubator for Illustrators 2019

May 30 - June 2, 2019


Find balance with words and pictures as you polish your picture book dummy for submission.

At last! You have a project to submit to a publisher. Do you feel satisfied with your work? Is there something more you could add? Is it your best work?

Being an illustrator is a journey, an organic process that continually changes because we are always growing as artists. Do you feel inspired? What makes your art stand out?  

Whether you are working on your first picture book or you are reinventing yourself to renew your enthusiasm, this workshop will bring out your unique personal expression to help you craft an exciting, lively dummy.


Floyd Cooper

Floyd Cooper is the Coretta Scott King award-winning illustrator of more than 60 books for children. Floyd started his career…
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Melanie Hall

Melanie is a children’s book illustrator, fine artist, and college professor. She has called the Hudson Valley home for more…
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Marie O’Neill

Marie O’Neill is Creative Director for editorial at Highlights for Children, where she leads the overall design sensibility for all…
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All-Inclusive Event Cost: $999.00

All-inclusive means we provide transportation to and from the airport, lodging and all meals.

workshop information

Begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, with an optional tour of Highlights Magazine and Boyds Mills Press, and ends on Sunday, June 2, with lunch.