Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Picture Book Workshops

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Date(s) - 03/31/2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Stiftung Mosaik
Delsbergerallee 53 - Basel,


We’re excited to host author & illustrator Susan Eaddy for a day of workshops focused on picture books. You can sign up for just the morning session, just the afternoon session, or the entire day. Whether you are an author, illustrator, or both, we’re hoping you’ll join us for a day of inspiration and education.

Morning Workshop

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Mistakes & Detours: Try & Try Again

Poppy’s Best Paper was inspired by the author’s own 4th grade paper. But rejections rolled in when Poppy started life as a blue raccoon made of clay. Join us as we learn about one author/illustrator’s roller coaster path to publication & the results of perseverance.

Coffee/Tea Break


Are You an Author/Illustrator?

When should you step back and allow someone else to put pictures to your words? You have worked for years to draw/create the characters in your own text in just the right way. How do you handle it when an editor or agent suggests that someone other than you should illustrate the book you have written? Using the example of Susan Eaddy’s book, Poppy Best Paper, we explore this scenario in detail. This session will give writers and illustrators a glimpse of the editorial process that books undergo prior to publication.


Lunch Break

No lunch is provided. There are a variety of dining options in the area where participants can enjoy lunch on their own or with other participants.


Afternoon Workshop

2:00  PM – 5:00 PM


Pacing & Composition in Picture Books

How do pacing & composition contribute to expanding a story told with pictures? This visual presentation explores well-known picture books and breaks down the reasons that some work exceptionally well. Join us as we discover what is behind the best books that have persisted through the ages.

Coffee/Tea Break


An Illustrator’s Journey From Thumbnail Sketches to Finished Book

Clay Illustrator Susan Eaddy takes you through the steps in creating one of her books, from start to finish. She shows her process of creating storyboards, sketches, making palette choices and working collaboratively with an Art Director. Whether you work digitally or traditionally, these insights will be helpful for anyone who wants to know more about illustrating books for children. For authors, this look at the steps an illustrator follows in the creation of a picture book will enable you to approach your next project with deeper insights into how illustrations and words work together to tell the strongest stories.

About Susan Eaddy

Susan Eaddy works in her attic studio writing picture books and playing with clay. She was an Art Director for fifteen years, during which time she won international 3D illustration awards and a Grammy nomination.

She lives in Nashville TN and serves as Regional Advisor for the Midsouth SCBWI and is a member of the SCBWI Bologna Team.

Her clay illustrated books include Papa Fish’s Lullaby by Patricia Hubbell, My Love for You is the Sun, by Julie Hedlund and three First Looks at Vehicles published with the Smithsonian Institution. She also illustrates for Babybug, Ladybug, Spider & Click Magazines. She is the author of Poppy’s Best Paper, Poppy’s Best Babies (Charlesbridge) and Eenie Meenie Halloweenie (Harper Collins 2020).

She loves to travel and has used the opportunity to do school visits anywhere in the world including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Brazil and Alabama.


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Single Workshop (SCBWI Member) - CHF45.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Single Workshop (Non-Member) - CHF60.00

Both Workshops (SCBWI Member) - CHF80.00

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Both Workshops (Non-Member) - CHF120.00

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