Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

PICTURE BOOK RETREAT: Picturing Words and Writing Pictures – Sold-out!

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Date(s) - 24/07/2015 - 27/07/2015

Holland House
Main Street - Cropthorne Pershore, Worcestershire WR10 3NB


Picture Book Retreat

Now Closed for bookings! A waiting list in operation, please read below.

A weekend of play, exploration, personal work time, group critiques and fun for picture book illustrators and writers.

Join us for a creative weekend for picture book writers and illustrators on the River Avon in Worcestershire. Each day will start with a creative workshop to jump-start your writing, explore new techniques and experiment with words and art materials. There will be an optional set project for writers and illustrators and ample time for work on this or on personal projects. Every attendee will be assigned a faculty mentor and will have a chance to talk to a commissioning editor or art director. The evenings will be open for informal critique sessions, discussions on technique, craft and the children’s publishing industry.

We are excited to welcome author illustrator Alexis Deacon back in 2015 after another amazing retreat. We're very happy to announce that illustrator Lynne Chapman will be filling out this years fabulous team! 

A list of suggested art and writing materials will be sent out to attendees after registration.

dancing-alexisAlexis Deacon, author illustrator

Alexis Deacon is a writer and illustrator of children's books. His first book, Slow Loris, was published in 2002 and was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award. His second, Beegu, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2004. His books have twice been selected for The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books Award. In 2008 he was chosen by Booktrust as one of the ten best new illustrators of the last decade.


Lynne Chapman, author illustrator

Lynne Chapman is an award-winning author & illustrator, with over 30 published titles, including the much-loved Giddy Goat, Class Two at the Zoo and When You’re Not Looking! She works from her attic studio in Sheffield. Her pastel illustrations fizz with colour and humour. Passionate about drawing and never without a sketchbook in her handbag, Lynne is a UK correspondent for the international organisation, Urban Sketchers and has delivered sketching workshops in Spain, Brazil and the Dominican Republic. She also does inspirational storytellings, workshops and talks in schools and libraries around the UK, enthusing people of all ages with a love of reading, writing and drawing. Lynne’s website & YouTube channel are crammed with learning resources and her acclaimed blog, An Illustrator’s Life for Me! averages 15,000 views a month.

delegatesSmiling faces starting the day in the workshop room.


workshop-webBusy, busy, busy writing and drawing workshops.

gardenThere are quiet times too!

The retreat will start on Friday, 24 July (arrival from 3 pm) and end after breakfast on Monday, 27 July 2015.

We are back at our favourite retreat spot, Holland House located on four acres of beautiful gardens in Cropthorne, Pershore, Worcestershire WR10 3NB. A magnet for writers and artists, Holland House is a perfect setting to find inspiration and new ideas, to experiment and share expertise.

The nearest British Rail station is Evesham. Once in Evesham you can take a taxi or bus to Holland House. Directions by car or train, then bus or taxi are found

Retreat fees include accommodation and meals. Every attendee will have their own room.

Non-refundable deposit to hold your place – £50

Full cost of the retreat for members – £300.

Non-member full cost – £350

Balance due by 20 June 2015

Check back for main facilitator bios and list of commissioning editors, art director or agents who will be coming by to see us.

Please sign up as an illustrator, author illustrator or writer. This is to try for a balance of illustrators and writers at the retreat. A waiting list will be available.

If you are someone who likes to plan in advance, dates for the 2016 Picture Book Retreat are 8 – 11 July 2016.

To be added to a waiting list, please email You will be added on a first come first served basis.

Questions or queries, email or


This event is fully booked.