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Picture book Retreat 

Rome, Italy

Join Birgitta Sif in the heart of Rome in a picture book making retreat.


We’ll sketch in the beautiful Roman piazzas and make picture books on the roof-top terrace!

You’ll storyboard your picturebook and dig deep into how to:

  • structure your plot and develop your characters,

  • bring your story to life through text and image, 

  • illustrate impactful book covers,

  • build up and strengthen your storytelling skills.

Birgitta will support and inspire you on developing your very own picturebook! Come on board and meet like-minded creatives,  spending a week at a rooftop studio in Rome, exploring the secrets of children’s book magic AND getting your dummy book finished.

Introducing Inky Larks Retreats where you find artistic inspiration, gentle accountability, and get your story one step closer to being pitched to agents and publishers. 

Next Retreat: May 17-22, 2024  SOLD OUT

What's included

  • 5 and 1/2 days at the Inky Larks studio to delve deep into your picturebook project and complete your dummy book

  • Welcome drinks at our family home on the first night

  • 5 Hands-on Picturebook Making sessions with Birgitta

  • 3 Sketching Outings: an introductory tour of the sites around the Inky Larks studio, a visit to a museum or gallery, and an afteroon exploring the gorgeous alleways and piazzas of Rome.

  • 3 Feedback sessions with Birgitta where we share our work, and get support and inspiration

  • Breakfast every day on the roof terrace: freshly baked cornetti, coffee and tea.

  • On the last day: drinks at Ottimo Massimo (a lovely independent children’s bookshop) where we read out our completed dummy books, and celebrate the great work done and all the progress made

  • A festive dinner to celebrate all together!

N.B. Please note that accomodation is not included.

If you’d like a list of b&bs, hotels, rentals etc. which are walking distance to the Inky Larks studio, contact Inky Larks Studio for a list of amazing places to stay!

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