• Writers In The Mountains


Writers in the Mountains (WIM) announces The Business and Art of Illustration with Durga Yael Bernhard, a two-day intensive workshop, Saturday, June 26 and Tuesday, June 29 from 9 am to 12 noon. Once they register and pay, participants will be given instructions on how to join the class.

This class will be useful for artists who want to apply their talent to commercial use or for anyone who wants to learn the art of visual communication. Style development, visual research, and the crucial importance of design will be discussed along with hands-on exercises and group critiques. Business aspects of professional illustration will be covered, including freelancing, self-promotion, contracts, reproduction rights, computer skills, and more. Special attention will be given to children’s book illustration if desired by the class. This is not a course in computer graphics or digital illustration.

Work on pencil sketches for three illustrations to be completed at home: a children's book character; a picture book cover design; and a scene from a story. A class critique will follow the assignment, along with discussion of principles and concepts of children's book illustration, including how to augment text; how to show transitions; how to age a character; how to choose a moment of action to illustrate; and how to pick a perspective from which to draw. Have on hand a pad of tracing paper, pencil, sharpener, eraser, ruler, and if possible a fine black ink marker.

D Yael Bernhard is the illustrator of over three dozen children’s books – all of which she designed except for one – including fiction and non-fiction, natural science titles and multicultural folktales. She has also written several unique concept books for children. Her illustrated books include A Ride on Mother’s Back (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); While You Are Sleeping (Charlesbridge Publishing); In the Fiddle is a Song (Chronicle Books); and Never Say a Mean Word Again (Wisdom Tales Press). Yael’s work encompasses several different styles, and has been published on everything from book, magazine and CD covers, to business logos, brochures, websites, corporate promotional materials, and other projects. Her website is

To register for this class, e-mail To register online, visit Class fee is $65. Registration deadline is June 19.

Writers in the Mountains is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation and sharing of creative writing. Learn more at

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