Upcoming event alert! I’m thrilled to once again take part in Illustrator Day at Fort Mason—an incredible daylong conference for new and seasoned children’s book artists—put on by the San Francisco/South chapter of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. This year’s event (the 8th annual) takes place on September 20, 2014. You can learn more—or register early at a discount—here.

I’ve presented workshops to students, teachers, graduate students, and aspiring authors and illustrators for almost a decade. These presentations describe the process of how a children’s book comes to be, from finding a story to the delivery of finished books. My presentations include plenty of show-and-tell (and question-and-answer time) and are a fantastic glimpse into the publishing process and how authors and illustrators interact with editors and art directors throughout that process. When presenting at illustration classes, I am available to do individual portfolio reviews for students during the course of the class.

“Over the course of several semesters, Dana visited my Graduate Children’s Book Class at Academy of Art University. Dana always provided great content about the editorial process, carefully reviewed portfolios, and gave students relevant, helpful feedback. I plan on having her come back to visit my class again and again!” – Angela Domínguez, illustrator and art instructor

“Dana is a fabulous speaker that keeps the audience engaged with her lively and attentive presentations. She provides wonderful information, and extremely useful feedback for portfolios — especially for young professionals who are hungry for advice! I eagerly look forward to her next visit.” – Joie Brown, artist/illustrator

If you’re interested in booking a presentation, get in touch.