The “DRIN” project © EL BOUM

Tue, 21.06.2022 -
Mon, 15.08.2022


Europe-wide free online workshop for BIPOC illustrators and authors

Europe-wide free & intensive online course for (emerging) BIPOC illustrators and authors in children‘s literature.

Chantal-Fleur Sandjon | Author
Warda Ahmed | Comic artist
Jasmina El Bouamraoui | Illustrator
Experts in children’s literature writing and illustrating

The workshop is open to BIPOC in Europe, people with experiences of racism, interested in writing for children.

At the end of the course, participants will have created a short story of 2-4 pages or accompanying images on the topic “Celebrations” for children aged 4-6. The illustrated stories will be published to give you further exposure and make space for more diverse artists and narratives.

Children’s books are becoming more and more diverse, reflecting the reality in a diverse society. Still, authors and illustrators of Color, with experiences of racism, migration and/or flight, are strongly underrepresented in the children’s book market. Thus, this workshop aims at educating and empowering BIPOC that are interested in or are already writing or illustrating stories for children.

The online course consists of:
  • Two modules; one for authors and another one for illustrators.
  • A focus on craft, developing your own style, insights in the publishing industry as well as creative routines to start and finish projects.
  • Experts in kid lit who will share their lessons and help participants to create impactful narratives and illustrations.
  • Networking and exchanging with fellow participants to further enrich your artistic practice and help you reflect on your values and visions.
  • Hands-on experiences in the publishing process while working on a short story collaboratively in writer-illustrator-teams.


Dates Times (in CET)
Friday, 2.9 6-8pm
Wednesday, 7.9 6-8pm
Thursday, 8.9 6-8pm
Friday, 9.9 (Optional) 6-8pm
Saturday, 10.9 10am-4pm
Sunday, 18.9 2-4pm
Wednesday, 28.9 6-9pm
Monday, 7.11 6-8pm

Dates Times (in CET)
Friday, 2.9 6-8pm
Wednesday, 28.9 6-8pm
Wednesday, 5.10 6-8pm
Thursday, 6.10 6-8pm
Friday, 7.10 (Optional) 6-8pm
Saturday, 8.10 10am-4pm
Sunday, 16.10 2-4pm
Monday, 7.11 6-8pm


Do you want to be a trailblazer and take your own writing or illustrating to the next level? Then register by 15 August, 11:59pm CET with the following information at
  • Short statement (3-4 sentences), e.g. on your artistic vision, the kind of narratives or illustrations you want to create.
  • Registration for the writing module: short story idea (3-4 sentences) for a story on “Celebrations” for children aged 4-6. If you do not yet have an idea for a story, please tell us a little bit about why you would like to write for children. Also let us know in which language you intend to write the story.
  • Registration for the illustration module: some examples of your work or your portfolio online and 3-4 sentences on your interest in children‘s literature.
The participation in this course is free of charge but please apply only if you can take part for the whole duration of the course. Prior experiences in writing or illustrating children‘s literature are not a requirement. Stories can be written in your preferred language, application in English is encouraged but not mandatory. The course will be held in English but translations can be provided if necessary.

For more information, contact project coordinator Amiirah Salleh-Hoddin at