Ben Whittacker-Cook has been a journalist and writer for more than 20 years. He has written for hundreds of magazines, newspapers and websites around the world; including the BBC, Channel Four and The Daily Telegraph in the UK. He writes everything from third-party “ghost” articles for large multinational corporates, to quirky commentary pieces for newsstand titles.
He has written several manuscripts which have been used as the inspiration for Nina Rycroft’s online illustration courses, and he is currently looking for a children’s book publisher willing to embrace his thoughtful and dark storytelling. He is from London and currently lives in Auckland – splitting his time between the two hemispheres.
Session One: workshop
How to write a great bio in 100 words
In this session, Ben explains how to structure and draft an eye-catching and mistake-free author or illustrator bio.
Amy Calautti is an illustrator, living with her family in Perth, Australia. With an early love of drawing and art, Amy studied fashion and textile design at Perth TAFE. After a 15 year gap, and following children, Amy rediscovered her love of drawing, illustrating her first picture book, ‘When the Moon is a Smile’ by Teena Raffa-Mulligan. Amy is currently working on two publishing contracts, both to be released in 2020.
Illustration Challenges – Projects to Publication
Amy’s session will show us how she used online illustration challenges to not only make effective portfolio pieces but then to get a picture book contract with a publisher.
Use this link to join Amy’s #drawthisinyourstyle Instagram challenge.
Don’t forget to hashtag #ninarycroft #projectportfolio #amygorgeousness