*ARTISTS/WRITERS (Published and Unpublished)

Workshop topics explore writing, illustrating, selling and
marketing a children's picture book idea for publication from
the author-illustrator's viewpoint. I teach from the
experience of working with industry professionals.  

I am not self-published.

*Host provides honorarium and expenses for travel and meals.
*Lodging must be provided for out of town trips.

Please contact Melanie to send you information regarding workshop topics.
Contact For Skype Visits.

"My philosophy as an illustrator is to dig deep into the author's story
for it's message or glue that drives a book on for 32 pages. Breaking
a manuscript down through the process of thumbnails, story boards
and dummies becomes alchemical".

*For kindergarten to sixth grade 
*Maximum of 3-4 workshops a day
*Each workshop is 40 - 60 minutes 

*School/Host provides honorarium and expenses for travel
and meals.
*Lodging must be provided for out of town trips.

Highlights the writer/artist process.
This workshop is an interactive visual guide with easy to follow step by step techniques. Learn how to create an original story concept, a first draft, sketches, storyboards and final artwork for print.
Small classroom/library settings or large audiences using Power Point or overhead projector.
Student participation is encouraged. Reading/Drawing Q&A.

To arrange a school or Skype visit contact:
Jean Dayton at Dayton Bookings 812.824.5017
For visits in the New York City area contact Melanie .

"When I was a young girl my world vision was shaped in part by
looking at picture books. They aided my reading skills by visually identifying objects first before I knew how to read their names.
With that memory in mind, my approach to illustrating picture books is that the art must convey an author's story in a way that is clear and detailed. My goal is to broaden a child's vision and help them learn to read".