Storyboards and Picture Book Dummies for Good Bookmaking

Date: Saturday, September 12th, 2009 Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Speaker: Naomi Kojima

Reservations Required: Contact by Sept. 10 to reserve your space

Materials to bring: pencils, scissors, tape or glue

This event will be in English and Japanese. Putting together the storyboard and book dummy is a necessary process and the foundation for good bookmaking. It enables illustrators and authors to see their work more clearly, and to find clues for editing and arranging text and illustration. In this hands-on workshop we will take a pre-selected story and turn it into a 32-page picture book dummy. A preliminary talk will address the basics for preparing storyboards and book dummies: dividing text for placement on pages, creating visual flow and pacing of text and pictures, as well as basic layout and design. But the primary focus of the workshop will be on the actual making of the dummy. Illustration skills are not necessary; both writers and illustrators are welcome. Story text and paper will be provided.

Naomi Kojima is an author and illustrator of picture books. Born in Japan, she spent her childhood years in the U.S. and studied sculpture at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. Kojima's first two picture books, Mr. and Mrs. Thief and The Flying Grandmother were published in New York soon after she joined a Massachusetts SCBWI chapter. Since then, her books have been published in the U.S. and Japan, and translated into French, Swedish, and Indonesian. Her picture books include The Alphabet Picture Book (Kaisei-sha) and Singing Shijimi Clams (Kane Miller).

Organization: The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Japan (SCBWI)

Cost: SCBWI Members: 1,000 yen
Non-members: 1,500 yen

Venue: Tokyo Women 's Plaza, Conference Room 1, 5-53-67 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan


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