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Writing Workshops

Children’s Books: Writing, Illustrating, and Understanding the Industry with Katie Yamasaki (In Person)

$495

8 Sessions

Out of stock

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.

All Levels
Capacity: 12

Participants should come with some level of drawing/art skill or background.


*To attend this in-person writing workshop, please email your proof of vaccination to health@centerforfiction.org prior to visiting the Center. Mask wearing will be required throughout the building. Accepted vaccination proofs include:

  • an image of your CDC vaccination card
  • a screenshot or scanned printout of your Excelsior pass
  • a record of vaccination from the healthcare provider who gave you your vaccine

In compliance with developing guidelines issued by federal, state, and our local government, we ask that all visitors to The Center for Fiction’s member spaces provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19. If you remain unvaccinated because of a disability or sincerely held religious belief, please also contact us at health@centerforfiction.org for assistance or to request a reasonable accommodation. 


Featured Image: An illustration from Dad Bakes (Norton Young Readers, 2021) by author-illustrator Katie Yamasaki.

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    Katie Yamasaki

    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.

To attend this in-person writing workshop, please email your proof of vaccination to health@centerforfiction.org prior to visiting the Center. Mask wearing will be required throughout the building. Accepted vaccination proofs include:

• an image of your CDC vaccination card
• a screenshot or scanned printout of your Excelsior pass
• a record of vaccination from the healthcare provider who gave you your vaccine

In compliance with developing guidelines issued by federal, state, and our local government, we ask that all visitors to The Center for Fiction’s member spaces provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19. If you remain unvaccinated because of a disability or sincerely held religious belief, please also contact us at health@centerforfiction.org for assistance or to request a reasonable accommodation.