Julie Hedlund

Picture Books? Picture Books!

Wow, I’m so happy to announce I was selected for the 2020 #PBChat Mentorship program! My amazing mentor is Christian Trimmer, Children’s Author, Editorial Director of Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, and all-around kind human being. It has been an incredible experience so far. If you don’t know, #PBChat is an online community created by Justin Colón, a Latinx children’s author, active SCBWI member, and founder of PBChat, the twitter chat and annual mentorship program for picture book creators. He’s also now my hero!

I would have never had a picture book manuscript to pitch were it not for my participation in Julie Hedlund‘s vibrant community of picture book creators, the 12 X 12 Challenge, and the resources I’ve found through my membership in SCBWI. In January of this year, I was feeling stuck with my middle grade manuscript and writing in general. I decided to stretch my imagination a little bit with picture books and joined the 12 x 12 Challenge. Let me tell you, deadlines and peer pressure work. Thanks to these communities of writers and to my awesome critique partner for her honest and helpful feedback. Keep making art, friends.

I have a thing for murals.