Narrative World Building with Interactive Structures

with Yuka Petz and Julia Sarcone-Roach
Saturday, August 10; 12–4pm CT

How can simple book structures allow us to think with our brains and hands to expand our creative brainstorming process? In this combination skill-building and idea-generating workshop, we will make three tools to grow and develop character-based backstories. Projects will include the Character Caterpillar, World Building Pocketbook, and the Exquisite Twist Book. All structures are designed to be easily added to and made again independently.

Our time in the workshop will be divided into making the structures and then filling them with words, images, and abstraction to explore multiple ways of developing rich and layered backstory. Participants will leave with the three projects collected in a paper folio, as well as a robust set of ideas for their narratives.

This workshop will be useful for artists, writers, illustrators, photographers and anyone interested in developing narrative in their work.

Yuka Petz (Tacoma, WA) is an internationally recognized book artist and host of the Artists’ Books Unshelved video series for the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Julia Sarcone-Roach (Brooklyn, NY) is the author and illustrator of several picture books, including Subway Story, The Ice Cream Vanishes, There Are No Bears in This Bakery, and The Bear Ate Your Sandwich

MCBA’s Visiting Artist Program is generously supported by Cathy Ryan & Doris Engibous

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 4 hours, Category B or C

$98/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $10 materials fee
$49 for BIPOC/Financial scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $10 materials fee
MCBA offers two scholarship types for workshops—Financial Hardship Scholarships and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Scholarships—to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom these scholarships do not apply, register at the Adult rate and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make scholarships available.

Please note: Registration closes 8/5 at midnight (CT).