How not to brief an illustrator

girl and duck

Early in 2016 I decided it was time to start teaching creative writing again.

I’d taught a few years earlier and loved everything about it—the connection, the conversations, the sharing, reading, writing, coffee! Heaven.

This time though I wanted to commit more fully, and build something for my students that was rich and supportive.

Something with staying power. I wanted a proper writin’ school. And I wanted to gather a tribe—foster a community.

First things first.

Being a children’s author I decided that my first priority would a really cool illustration. (Ahem.)

I wanted something that captured EXACTLY what was in my head. Something that would convey my vision in an instant.

But my vision was cloudy. And I couldn’t for the life of me come up with a name for the school.

With all this in mind (ie  nothing) I contacted my friend, author/illustrator Gus Gordon.

Gus and I had done two books together (Sing, Pepi, Sing! and Haggis McGregor and…

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