Monday, March 26, 2012

CBK folks attend Whispering Pines retreat

I just came home from a wonderful and inspiring writer's retreat, Whispering Pines at the University of Rhode Island's Alton Jones campus. (sponsored by SCBWI, Society of Children's Book Writer's and Illustrators.)

I'm happy to say that several others from the RISD CE Children's Book certificate program were in attendance.

CBK soon-to-graduate student Brook Gideon, advisor Cheryl Kirk Noll, writing instructor Marlo Garnsworthy, and new student, Sue Fraser-Perotta.
 Among the writing mentors was award-winning author-illustrator Suzanne Bloom. Among the titles that she has written and illustrated are a series about Bear, which begins with "A Splendid Friend, Indeed" and is done in "brilliant pastels." (Kirkus Reviews)

Here, Brook Gideon discusses Suzanne's pastel technique as she works on a piece during the conference. 

Brook and Suzanne Bloom
To read more about this year's Whispering Pines, check out my my blog post, with many more pictures, information about editors, agents, and illustrators who spoke and attended the retreat.

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