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Intensive: How to Make Your Picture Book Perfect

Sunday, August 4
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cascade C

Join us for this Sunday Intensive with Fiona Kenshole.

Breaking into the world of picture book publishing takes more than great storytelling and illustration—it takes a great strategy. In this workshop, veteran agent Fiona Kenshole will offer valuable editorial insight on creative strategy based on where you’re at, and discuss how to elevate your story from good to great. You’ll take part in active critiquing, workshopping, and examining existing texts to answer the questions: What makes a good picture book? and What makes a story stand out? Come and discover how to hone your amazing idea into something marketable.

Note: For maximum interaction, please be prepared to send your manuscript-in-progress prior to the event. 

Sunday Intensives are small, focused workshops, limited to 15 writers, and presented by industry professionals. This Intensive is three hours long and includes lunch. You must register to attend Sunday Intensives at an additional cost.

Please register here.


Fiona Kenshole

Fiona loves the midwifery of being an agent—from getting a writer’s debut published to doing the movie deal. At Transatlantic, she sells books to publishers all over the world, working with co-agents in 28 countries to sell worldwide rights. She specializes in children’s and YA, from picture books to older teenage.

Before joining Transatlantic, she was VP of Development Acquisition at Laika, working on the Oscar-nominated THE BOXTROLLS. Previously she published authors including Michael Bond (Paddington Bear), P.L Travers (Mary Poppins), and the Laureate Michael Morpurgo (War Horse), and was UK editor for Beverley Cleary, Lois Lowry, Bruce Coville, Gary Paulsen, and Cynthia Voigt.

Fiona was nominated for “Editor of the Year” at the British Book Awards. Her recent successes include Vicki Grant’s YA rom-com 36 QUESTIONS THAT CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT YOU (Running Press), which sold in 22 languages and is optioned for TV, and Rosanne Parry’s middle-grade A WOLF CALLED WANDER (Greenwillow) which has sold in 7 languages pre-publication.

Critique Preferences: Middle grade (especially funny stories and real children in magical worlds); feelgood YA, especially romcoms.