Children’s Books: Writing, Illustrating, and Understanding the Industry with Katie Yamasaki (In Person)
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Once a week Wednesdays, 6:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT September 29 to November 17, 2021
The Center for Fiction*
In this course, students will develop a children’s book that they both author and illustrate. Whether they have a story currently being developed or are starting from scratch, the course will be designed to help students develop a complete book dummy and have a sense of where it fits in the picture book market. Students will also work to cultivate the finished art style for the book that works best with the story.
Regarding the children’s book industry, students will learn about the following: working with and querying agents; developing critique and peer review groups; conferences; creating a proposal; finding the right editor and publishing house; submission procedures; understanding the marketplace in terms of demographics; self-publishing, and more.
Students will complete the course with a book project well underway, a clear path to what they need to do to successfully submit their book for publication, and a greater appreciation and wisdom of children’s books and the world they inhabit.
Participants should come with some level of drawing/art skill or background.
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Featured Image: An illustration from Dad Bakes (Norton Young Readers, 2021) by author-illustrator Katie Yamasaki.
Katie Yamasaki is a muralist and children’s book artist. She has traveled widely, painting over 80 murals with diverse communities around the world that explore local issues of social justice. Her children’s book work focuses on similar themes of social justice and stories from underrepresented communities. Most recently, Yamasaki co-authored Everything Naomi Loved, with Ian Lendler for Norton Young Readers. Everything Naomi Loved tells the story of Naomi, and how she faces the hard changes gentrification brings to her beloved community. Some of her other books, especially When the Cousins Came and Fish for Jimmy recount personal family stories about the internment camps of WWII and growing up in a multi-racial family. Dad Bakes will be released in the fall of 2021, and tells the story of a father and daughter reconnecting after a separation caused by the father’s incarceration.
Yamasaki earned her BA from Earlham College and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, where she served on the faculty for several years. She worked for 14 years as a public school Spanish and Art teacher in both the Detroit and NYC public schools. Yamasaki lives in Brooklyn with her family. You can explore more of Yamasaki’s work on her website, at www.katieyamasaki.com or on her Instagram page, @katieyamasaki.
By Katie Yamasaki
By Katie Yamasaki
Published by Norton Young Readers
Dad wakes early every morning before the sun, heading off to work at the bakery. He kneads, rolls, and bakes, and as the sun rises and the world starts its day, Dad heads home to his young daughter. Together they play, read, garden, and—most importantly—they bake.
This lovely, resonant picture book was inspired by muralist Katie Yamasaki’s work with formerly incarcerated people. With subtle, uncluttered storytelling amplified by her monumental and heartfelt paintings, she has created a powerful story of love, of family, and of reclaiming a life with joy.
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