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Storymakers 2019: A Symposium for Aspiring Picture Book Creators


Storymakers 2019: A Symposium for Aspiring Picture Book Creators

Aspiring children's picture book writers and illustrators ages 18-24 are invited to attend a free symposium with esteemed industry professionals focused on diversity, craft, business and careers!


Panel discussions on career paths, marketing yourself, and getting published

Art and writing workshops to hone your craft

Portfolio and manuscript reviews, and exhibition award opportunity (See application below)

Breakout sessions with essential information on books and publishing


Free lunch!

Featuring Industry Leaders...

Pat Cummings, Laurent Linn, Donna Mark, Namrata Tripathi, Daniel Nayeri, Cheryl Willis Hudson, Wade Hudson, Ruth Chan, Evan Turk, and more!


Writers and illustrators ages 18-24 may register. Individuals who identify with groups or identities undrerepresented in the field of children's picture books are especially encouraged to attend.

Bonus Opportunity...

After you register, apply for one of 24 spots for a portfolio or manuscript review with Pat Cummings, Laurent Linn, or Donna Mark, and a chance to have you work selected for an exhibition at Central Library. Apply separately by February 15th.  Paste this link in a new tab to view the application:


Are there age requirements to enter the event?

Yes, you must be ages 18-24 to register for Storymakers.  If you are outside this age range, you are welcome to attend the Afternoon  Publisher's Panel and mingling session from 2-4pm. RSVP here:

I came to the event last year. Can I come again this year?

In the effort to share this opportunity widely, priority will be given to new attendees. Please complete the registration, and you will be added to the wait list and contacted if a space is available.  You will also recieve an invitation to the Afternoon Publisher's Panel and mingling session from 2-4pm.

Where can I see the event schedule?

Online at

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you do not need to bring your ticket. We will have your name at check-in.

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