Last weekend I had the privilege of attending a workshop at the Highlights Foundation in Boyd’s Mills PA, in the northeastern Pocono Mountains. The Highlights Foundation’s mission is “to improve the quality of children’s literature by helping authors and illustrators hone their craft.” Workshops are offered year round, often with guest faculty leading sessions on a wide range of topics and genres.
Working together with like-minded writers and illustrators along with workshop mentors can be invaluable. As writers and illustrators, we often work in solitude. Sharing ideas, critiques and industry experiences all help to take your work to the next level.
While it’s not always possible to participate in a workshop, attending events such as SCBWI conferences, free bookstore and library lectures featuring guest authors and illustrators, or just organizing a group of writer and/or artist friends at a coffee shop or park to share work can help inspire and motivate you on your path to publication, whether it’s your first book or your 50th.
Wherever you live, it’s likely there are other like-minded people willing to gather and work together. Finding your tribe can be one of the most important ingredients to realizing your publishing goals.