Writing the Rainbow: Crafting Picture Books With LGBTQIA+ Themes 2019

October 27 - 30, 2019


Picture books bring the world into the hands of young readers. The world we would like them to see (and in which we would like to exist) celebrates all of us as individuals, families, and communities. In many ways we are different, and in many ways we are alike. Our diversity is our beauty and our strength.

Picture books that feature LGBTQIA+ topics, heroes, characters, families, and experiences can be a source of comfort to many children as well as a chance to promote respect, acceptance, and the celebration of diversity. Join workshop leaders Lesléa Newman and Rob Sanders, along with special guests, for an immersive experience in creating LGBTQIA+ themed fiction and nonfiction picture books for today’s market.


Lesléa Newman

Lesléa Newman is the author of 70 books for readers of all ages including the children’s classic, Heather Has Two…
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Rob Sanders

Rob Sanders is a writer who teaches, and a teacher who writes. A native of Springfield, Missouri, he has lived…
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medina (they/them) is a nonbinary queer transracial Honduran adoptee with Cerebral Palsy who lives in NYC. Their work has appeared…
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Rubin Pfeffer

Special Guest Rubin Pfeffer is a veteran of the children’s and adult trade industry. He has served as President and…
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All-Inclusive Event Cost: $1,099.00

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

workshop information

Begins with dinner on Sunday, October 27; ends on Wednesday, October 30, with lunch.