Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Workshop: Picture it Published, with Leslie Helene Siegle

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Date(s) - 10/19/2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Mabee Library, University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway - San Antonio, Texas 78209



With Leslie Helene Siegel

A Hands-On Workshop for Envisioning & Holding Your Picture Book

for Writers and Illustrators

October 19, 2019

University of the Incarnate Word,

Thank you.


10:00 am – 1:00 pm


Our books live inside our hearts and heads until we get them out on paper, but even after we’ve drafted our best manuscript or illustration samples, it can take years to hold a finished book in our hands. Join Leslie Helene Siegel for a fun, messy morning where we’ll bring our manuscripts to life in the form of a working dummy book.

Course Description:

First, we’ll take a quick dive into the subconscious, using collage to help elicit the deeper images, themes and feelings of the manuscript or characters. Next, we’ll look at a few different methods for building dummies, and finally, we’ll take our manuscripts and lay up the text, page by page. You’ll be surprised how much you learn about your own work once it’s placed into the form of a 32-page dummy, even without the pictures! We’ll conclude the morning with a relaxing, guided visualization to help you Picture it Published!

No art experience required. Supply list below.

SCBWI Members $20, Non-members $30   (includes supply fee)

Please Bring:

  • The text of your manuscript, printed at 18-point font and double spaced (3 copies)
  • The title of your work, printed at 26 point font (2 copies)
  • Bring your own scissors or use one of ours. 🙂 

Optional: Your favorite pens, markers, or colored pencils and any old magazines, pictures or post- cards you or others can cut up for collage


About Leslie:

Leslie Helene Siegel has served as Writer/ Producer on materials for television broadcast, internet and classroom use. She conceived, developed and produced the original Healthy Kids Project featuring the ZuberTubers™ with the generous support of The San Antonio Medical Foundation and KLRN Public Television, the Emmy-Award winning PBS affiliate for South Central Texas. The Healthy Kids Project has been endorsed and/ or distributed by KLRN, PBS Learning Media, The United Way and its local partner agencies, The Witte Museum, The San Antonio Mayor’s Fitness Council and numerous other organizations, schools and after-school programs.

Siegel has been an invited presenter/speaker to Child Protective Services, The International Women’s Forum, Voices for Children, The United Way, The San Antonio Mayor’s Fitness Council, The San Antonio Medical Foundation, and The 9th Annual Teen Parent Conference.

Siegel’s work as an educator includes experiences as Visiting Artist in the public schools
for the Institute for Arts Education, Faculty for the St. Philips Fine Arts Academy and
Adjunct Faculty for the Alamo Community College District.