Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Picture Book Secrets Seminar with Kelly Bennett and Leslie Helakoski

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Date(s) - 02/23/2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Norris Centers
9990 Richmond Ave - Houston, TX 77042


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A full-day workshop for picture book creators wanting to take their stories to the highest levels. 

In this working workshop we will:

Explore: The art and craft of picture books focusing on the secrets to making stories stand out in a crowded market.

Discover: How and why current books are successful.

Generate: Revision, ideas, and strategies for future PB creation.

Participants should bring a Work in Progress, a current favorite PB, and have read at least 10 of the books on the list in this PDF

SCBWI members $80, non-members $100.  Restricted to first 50 registrants! 

If you want to submit a manuscript for a critique, they are $45 and manuscripts are due March 24. Critiques returned in one to two months. 



Kelly Bennett is the author of many award-winning books for children—mostly picture books. Her stories, such as Not Norman, A Goldfish Story, Jumpstart’s 2015 Read for the Record book; Vampire Baby; Your Daddy Was Just Like You; Dance, Y’all, Dance; and One Day I Went Rambling, an Illinois Library Association’s iREAD 2018 selection, celebrate imagination, families, friends, pets… all that goes into being a kid! Kelly is a 2010 graduate of VCFA’s Writing for Children and Young Adults program, and long-standing member of SCBWI and The Author’s Guild. A former ARA for SCBWI-Houston, Kelly now divides her time between Westhampton Beach, NY and Mimiville (which is anywhere her grandboys may be!).

For more about Kelly and her books, visit her website:

And for a swimmingly good time, wade through her blog:






Leslie Helakoski is the author and sometimes illustrator of 11 picture books. Her newest additions are Ready or Not, Woolbur Goes to School (HarperCollins) 2018 and Hoot & Honk Just Can’t Sleep (Sterling) 2017. The upcoming title, Are Your Stars Like My Stars, will release in January 2020.

Leslie runs a picture book workshop at Highlights every summer and helps to run the Michigan chapter of SCBWI. Her award-winning books are known for their humor and word play. Woolbur (HarperCollins) was nominated for book awards in 13 states, winning honors in Florida and Michigan. It was a Book Sense Hot Pick, a Gift of Literacy book in Oregon and a Great Lakes Book Award finalist. Big Chickens (Dutton Childrens Books) received starred reviews in SLJ and Kirkus, won the Michigan Reads one state one book award, the Great Lakes Great Books award and was nominated for awards in 5 states. Other titles include Big Chickens Fly the Coop, Big Chickens Go to Town, Fair Cow, Doggone Feet! and Big Pigs. See more about her books at