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I've always enjoyed nurturing writers and writer/illustrators, working with them to bring out the very best in their work. From time to time I teach workshops and do pitch sessions or critiques. I'm happy to consider invitations to conferences and workshops (email me at greatriverliterary.com). 

I had lots of fun with pitches, networking and a workshop at Ft. Collins CO on Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4, 2019 at the Northern Colorado Writers' Conference. Here's the workshop description, which was geared to writers and writer/illustrators of picture books:

From tips to developing a picture book manuscript to insights about why agents and editors say "no" (and "yes"!), this session will give you new tools and inspiration for attaining your goals. Bring two copies of your work-in-progress for a writing exercise that may unlock exciting new possibilities. We'll save time for Q & A, too. Attendees may wish to bring or to read ahead of time: THE WOLF, THE DUCK & THE MOUSE by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Candlewick 2017); SMALL WALT by Elizabeth Verdick, illustrated by Marc Rosenthal (Wiseman/S & S 2017); and LITTLE THINGS by Nick Dyer, illustrated by Kelly Pousette (Peter Pauper Press 2019).