Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

NORTH EAST workshop: Effective Narrative Sequence – Picture Book Illustration Workshop with Sara Ogilvie

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Date(s) - 23/06/2018
11:00 am - 4:30 pm

York Explore Library Learning Centre
Library Square, - York, YO1 7DS

No matter your experience level—as a picture book illustrator, you can always benefit from more fresh ideas! The aim of this one-day workshop will be to work on Narrative Sequence. Picture Book Illustrator Sara Ogilvie will lead this practical workshop starting with the morning session which will set the context of how to achieve a strong text-to-image relationship by using examples of Sara’s own work and work by others. After lunch we will work on developing a narrative sequence using a short text as a basis for the framework and structure and then we will finish with a final feedback session on work produced as a group.

You will need to bring to the workshop: your preferred art materials, paper and your imagination.



SCBWI members – £25.

Non-members – £30.


Also available: 15 minute 1-2-1 Picture Book Dummy/Portfolio Reviews

A limited number of 1-2-1 picture book dummies/portfolio reviews are available with Sara during the workshop (while people work) and after.



SCBWI members: £20 per 15 min critique

Non SCBWI members: £25 per 15 min critique

What you can bring to a review (One of the following):

• A portfolio of up to 15 samples of your work

• One book dummy with rough illustrations plus text


Lunch and Refreshments

There will be a break for lunch. There is a good selection of food for sale in the library cafe, including jacket potatoes and gluten-free biscuits for anyone with gluten dietary requirements.



Sara Ogilvie is a Children’s Picture Book Illustrator and a printmaker. She has recently illustrated ‘The Detective Dog’ written by Julia Donaldson and has worked on several books by Anna Kemp including ‘Dogs Don’t Do Ballet’, ‘The Worst Princess’ and ‘Sir Lilypad’. As a printmaker her screen prints and lithographs have been exhibited across the UK and abroad, including USA, Canada, Poland, Japan, Korea and France. She has won many awards for her work. She was the 2011 Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award winner and was shortlisted for the Best Emerging Illustrator Award 2010. Dogs Don’t Do Ballet, which she illustrated, was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010 and the Booktrust Early Years Award 2010. Sara lives in lives in Newcastle upon Tyne and also lectures at Northumbria University.

Sara’s WEBSITE is:


BOOKING FORM: Please register for this event by booking your place below.

If you have any queries, please email Claire O’Brien: