Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Friday Mini-Intensives

These workshops are additional, optional opportunities for raising the level of your craft. There are two workshops to choose from. For novelists, we have Scenes that Sparkle with author Martha Brockenbrough. The second intensive, Form and Function with Author/Illustrator Daria Peoples Riley, is for picture book writers and writer/illustrators. Add a mini-intensive at registration. You’ll find both options under Event Extras.


The Novel Workshop 

Scenes that Sparkle with Martha Brockenbrough


Scenes are the building blocks of fiction, whether you’re telling a traditional Hero’s Journey or blazing trails with new forms of narrative. In this workshop, we will study scenes through the lens of the filmmaker—the ultimate act of showing instead of telling.


We will learn how to use the best of those techniques to help you write cinematic, layered, and emotionally compelling scenes for your stories. You should come ready to watch memorable scenes from movies, analyze their beats, and practice applying what we learn to your own work.


We will write and revise in this workshop, so you can choose to generate new material or apply what you’re learning to add depth and vitality to a scene from your WIP. This will be an in-depth, collaborative, generative workshop that will enrich your understanding of scene craft no matter where you are in your career.


The Picture Book Workshop 

Form and Function with Daria Peoples Riley



In this workshop, we will complete various hands-on activities to draft a new picture book dummy. In the process we will learn; how to approach the picture book as an art form, the different ways text and art function to craft character-driven stories, and how to use visual thinking strategies to determine what belongs and doesn’t belong on the page. Be ready to stretch your imagination, create outside of your comfort zone, and have a lot of messy fun.


This mini-intensive is for:


»  The author who hasn’t drawn since childhood

»  The artist who isn’t confident about writing the story

»  The author/illustrator who wants to put it all together



The Details

Date: Friday, September 20

Where: Spokane Club (downtown Spokane, Washington)

Time: Check-in at 1:30 pm, the mini-intensives run from 2:00-5:00 pm.

Additional details will be emailed to registered participants on September 6th.

Space is limited. Register early to secure your spot.


The Instructors



Martha Brockenbrough has written twelve books for young readers, with more on the way. A finalist for the Kirkus Prize and winner of the Washington State Book Award, Martha writes fiction and nonfiction, picture books and novels. She founded National Grammar Day, has written game questions for Cranium and Trivial Pursuit, and teaches in at Vermont College of Fine Arts, in their writing for children and young adults MFA program.





Daria People’s Riley’first job was at nine years old in the children’s section of her hometown library. Much later, she became a teacher, and now she is a full-time author and illustrator. Daria Peoples-Riley’s debut picture book THIS IS IT was published with Greenwillow/HarperCollins (February 2018). I GOT NEXT, a companion book will follow in July of 2019. Daria is also the illustrator of GLORIA TAKES A STAND by Jessica M. Rinker, a picture book biography about the life and work of Gloria Steinem (Bloomsbury, March 2019).


Return to Conference Home Page