There are currently no workshops scheduled for 2018. That could change, so please check back. Remember, if you're interested in children's publishing, your first step should be joining SCBWI. I also offer consulting if you have specific questions you need to discuss.


So You Want to Write and/or Illustrate
a Children’s Book–Now What?
Sat. May 14, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - $75
Many people have children’s book projects going or really good ideas for one, but most have no idea what to do next. Join children’s writer/illustrator Kristen Schwartz to find out what the children’s book process looks like and how to go about getting your project ready to submit to publishers. Kristen will meet with each student individually to help them figure out the best steps to keep them moving toward publication.

Topics will include:
Traditional Publishing/Self-Publishing/Collaboration
Funding • The Submission Process • Editing
Top Mistakes • Picture Book/Middle Grade/YA
Industry Resources • Pitching and Querying

Space limited; reserve your spot - (530) 545-1373
or sign up online -


The following is information from my Summer Sketching Workshop brochure. Every season is beautiful here, so feel free to contact me if you are interested in scheduling a private or group workshop of your own.

at the beautiful shores of South Lake Tahoe, CA with illustrator, Kristen Schwartz

Anyone can draw. It's a matter of truly seeing rather than merely looking. Whatever your skill level, sketching will increase your ability to translate what you see and feel into powerful visual representations.

Our brains work rapidly to translate what we see into efficient symbols so we can react quickly. This is great when danger is present, but some of us forget to turn that function off when it's time to relax. If you learn to see by sketching, you will automatically switch your brain into a more relaxed mode, a skill that will reduce stress and benefit all areas of your life. Sketching will allow you to enjoy the present moment by truly seeing and connecting with everything around you.

Surrounded by the serenity and beauty of Lake Tahoe, Kristen will teach many different approaches to seeing and capturing all types of subject matter in ways that no camera can do. You will be astonished at what you will accomplish and your sketchbook will become a memorable keepsake of your experiences.

Workshops limited to 8 people.

Expect light walking on nature trails to the
lake and in sandy areas at the lake.

YOUR INSTRUCTOR: Kristen Schwartz is an illustrator in South Lake Tahoe who illustrates all things natural and fantastical. Her botanical illustrations can be seen in the books Medicine From the Mountains: Medicinal Plants of the Sierra Nevada and When Technology Fails. Her fantastical illustrations can be seen at, Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture website, Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority website, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators website. She has taught workshops to all ages and skill levels.