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MINE THE GAPS

Leaving Space for Your Illustrator

How do I convey in what I envision for the illustrations in my picture book if I am only the author? Is it okay to use art notes or not?

These are two age-old questions picture book authors ask, and author and former editor Hannah Barnaby is here to answer them! In this webinar, Hannah will reveal:

  • Four ways text and illustration work together
  • The benefits of leaving gaps in our stories
  • How to build those gaps in without sacrificing the story
  • How to use art notes wisely
  • The art of brainstorming
  • And more!


Your Instructor


Hannah Barnaby
Hannah Barnaby

Hannah Barnaby is a former children’s book editor and indie bookseller, and the author of two young adult novels (WONDER SHOW, a 2013 Morris Award Finalist, and SOME OF THE PARTS) and two picture books (BAD GUY and GARCIA & COLETTE GO EXPLORING). The inaugural Children’s Writer-in- Residence at the Boston Public Library, Hannah holds an MA in Children’s Literature from Simmons College and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. During her time as an editor at Houghton Mifflin, Hannah worked with award-winning authors and illustrators such as Matthew Cordell, Olivier Dunrea, Pamela Turner, and Vivian Vande Velde, as well as managing one notoriously curious little monkey. She lives, writes, and teaches in Charlottesville, VA.



Class Curriculum



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
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What if I am unhappy with the course?
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