Coming up in 2022 in the Hub for Picture Books

Picture Books with Rashmi Sirdeshpande

This is an outline for next year, and all sessions/content are subject to small changes.

<strong>Rashmi Sirdeshpande</strong>
Rashmi Sirdeshpande

Rashmi writes a mix of fiction and non-fiction picture books. Her debut picture book with Diane Ewen, Never Show a T-Rex a Book won the Society of Authors Queen’s Knickers Award and has been shortlisted for the Lollies 2022 and the sequel, Never Teach a Stegosaurus To Do Sums was shortlisted for the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award.

Her non-fiction picture book How To Change The World, illustrated by Annabel Tempest, was part of Empathy Lab’s Read For Empathy Collection, Editor’s Choice in The Bookseller, and has been shortlisted for the North Somerset Teacher’s Book Award in the Information Books category. She has a deliciously mixed bag of picture books out in 2022 too and some fantastic new illustrator collaborations but more on that soon!

Despite the accolades and the very lucky start, Rashmi is fully familiar with that spiky regular guest, Imposter Syndrome, but with a few tricks up her sleeve to sort it out. She loves playing with words and supporting other creatives, especially underrepresented ones – her #KidLitBookBoost Instagram Live chats with children’s authors and illustrators are all about helping shout about books because she believes with all her heart that there’s room in this industry for ALL of us.
She’s constantly learning herself and having benefited from so much support in children’s publishing, she’s all about sharing that learning and all that love and paying it forward. 


JanFinding a hooky, commercial PB idea
FebPicture books 101: structure and plotting
MarBig characters
AprEmotional journeys
MayDelicious language
JunA picture book workout – exercises to get your brain fizzing
JulFunny books
AugSpeed plotting 
SepWriting realities – non-fiction PBs
OctEditing – polishing the diamond
NovQuerying agents and finding the best fit 
Dec Writing routines, goal-setting, and Q&A 


FebOpening spreads 
MarQuery letters (and Q&A) 
AprFirst four spreads 
MayMiddles: the big problem/moment of conflict (and one line pitch/summary)
JunLast four spreads (and one-line pitch/summary)
JulFull PB text 
SepFirst four spreads 
OctFull PB text 
NovQuery letters (and Q&A) 

BLOG POSTS (on the writing life – available to all)

JanA Writerly Spring Clean 
FebPasses, not rejections 
MarWhat to do about imposter syndrome 
AprLife of a PB writer – 7 things that surprised me 
MayWriter vs Blank Page 
JunA dance of words and pictures – working with an illustrator 
JulWriting in a range of styles 
AugThe Who’s Who of PBs Part 1: making picture books
SepThe Who’s Who of PBs Part 2: the big bad world*
OctBeing bold as a picture book writer
NovThe magic of rest and walking away 
Dec Self-care for writers 

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