Dorien Brouwers's Picturebook Making Retreat - Rome 2023

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Dorien Brouwers's Picturebook Making Retreat - Rome 2023

Make your picturebook and develop your creative style with award-winning author and illustrator (and wonderful human!) Dorien Brouwers.

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Inky Larks Studio Via Catalana, 10 00186 Rome Italy

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  • 5 days 8 hours
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Retreat with award-winning Picturebook Author and Illustrator, Dorien Brouwers

  • Develop your creative style & voice,
  • craft an attention-grabbing dummy book ( with a focus on planning, pacing, layout and composition) and
  • connect with a passionate group of writers and illustrators in a wonderfully inspiring setting, the heart of Rome.

Dorien's on hand every day to give support, run worshops, share her personal experience of the business and give you tips on getting your foot in the door.

Her book "Sail" - which the BBC describes as "Utterly beautiful. One of the most beautiful picturebooks I've ever seen" - has been shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards 2022 and the Bologna Book Fair Illustratiors Exhibition, it has won the Di (Directory of Illustation) Award, and it was picked by the editors at Amazon US as a “best book of the month”.

Dorien's worked with clients ranging from the Prado Museum (Spain) to the Tate Modern (UK), and with publishers in both the US and in Europe.

Little, Brown Young Readers (part of Hachette Book Group) acquired her two latest picturebooks and she's currently illustrating new books for Penguin Random House and Lemniscaat.

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What’s included:

5 and 1/2 days at the Inky Larks studio to delve deep into your picturebook project and complete your dummy book.

Welcome drinks and a homemade Italian dinner the first night

Breakfast every day on the rooftop terrace: freshly baked cornetti, coffee and tea

5 Picturebook Making workshops with Dorien and Diletta (each session is 90 minutes long).

3 Outings: a visit to the fabulous Borghese Gallery, a walking tour of the stunning sites around the Inky Larks studio, and an afteroon sketching around the centre of Rome

2 Group Feedback sessions where we share our work in progress, and get support and inspiration

2 Individual sessions with Dorien: one at the beginning of the week to get your picturebook started, and one at the end of the week to see your progress and plan what to do next

On the last day: drinks at Ottimo Massimo, a lovely, independent children’s bookshop in the picturesque neighbourhood of Trastevere. We'll read out our completed dummy books, and celebrate the great work done and all the progress made.

Dinner out all together for a merry, celebratory lark!

N.B. Please note that accomodation is not included.

Reviews of Dorien's picturebooks: Sail, Wild Beings and The Remarkable Pigeon

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The Inky Larks roof-terrace and a few of the many stunning places to sketch and visit around the studio:

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