The Picture Book Dummy – A Revision Tool for KidLit Creators

The Picture Book Dummy – A Revision Tool for KidLit Creators

If you are a picture book writer or illustrator, check out the virtual workshop I will be teaching through SCBWI Arizona in May. Michael Hale and I have taught this program several times before and we are presenting it again due to popular demand. 

Webinar Series Presented by Tanja Bauerle and Michael Hale

The picture book dummy is the template in which you will tell your story. It does not matter if you are a writer or a writer/illustrator, if you want to someday see your work published, knowing how to create a picture book dummy is an essential part of the process. Learn how to create one and how you can use this vital tool to improve your craft.

This program will be presented over two Saturdays. It is geared toward picture book writers and illustrators and is designed to provide craft tools for creators at all levels.

You can attend the event live, but if you are unable to do so, you will receive a link to the recorded webinar within 72 hours after the session presentations are concluded. You will have 30 days from the date that the recordings are sent to you to view them. You will also receive an electronic handout which will include a list of vocabulary, sample story maps, tips on how to implement what was discussed during the webinar, as well as the sample texts that were mentioned.

Workshop Schedule:

Part 1 – Saturday, May 7, 2022 – 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The Picture Book Dummy for Dummies: The Foundation For Creating Better Picture Books presented by Michael Hale

Picture books come in all shapes and sizes, but they are fundamentally the same. They are designed to be a delivery vehicle. An industry standardized template in which to tell a story. Understanding the mechanics of the picture book as a medium for storytelling is essential to every writer or writer/illustrator. Especially those who hope to be successful in this genre. Knowing how to create, revise and edit a picture book dummy needs to be part of your process. Learn how to create one and how you can use this vital tool to improve your writing.

Part 2 – Saturday, May 14, 2022 – 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The Picture Book Dummy: The Writer’s Revision and Editing Friend presented by Tanja Bauerle

Picture book dummies are the domain of the illustrator. NOT SO! Learn how as a writer you MUST use this vital tool when crafting, revising, and editing your manuscript. This workshop will guide you through how to use a dummy to ensure that your story will function properly within the picture book format. Learn about page turns, pacing, rhythm, language, and more, in order to craft a manuscript that editors will love.


Member Rate: $25

Non-member Rate: $40

To register, visit SCBWI Arizona

The Presenters:

Michael Hale has over 30 years of experience as a Creative Director, entrepreneur, writer, and Illustrator. He has illustrated many picture books and written two himself. His book, Bad Monkey Business was awarded a Spark Honor by SCBWI in 2018. He also serves as the Illustrator Coordinator for SCBWI’s Arizona Region. When he is not writing or illustrating, he devotes his time to coaching others looking to forge their own path in children’s publishing. You can see more of his work by visiting



Tanja Bauerle, an award-winning children’s book illustrator, is originally from Germany, but grew up outside Melbourne, Australia. She now calls Gilbert home, where she lives with her family and a menagerie of animals. Tanja holds a degree in Computer Animation and has illustrated several picture and chapter books. Her illustration credits include The Park Our Town Built, written by Diane Gonzales Bertrand, and The Adventures of Salt & Soap at the Grand Canyon, written by Lori Rome. Tanja is currently writing and illustrating several of her own picture books and is involved in several online writing and illustration communities. She is the Assistant Regional Advisor for the SCBWI Arizona Region. For more, visit