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Asian Festival of Children’s Content
23–26 May 2024

Picture books blend words and visuals to create meaning, where both mediums work harmoniously together to tell the story. In this workshop, participants will be guided on the process of understanding the art of writing for illustration. Led by award-winning writer and children's picture book maker Zeno Sworder, attendees will explore the intricate relationship between text and imagery, learning how to craft stories that inspire vivid, captivating illustrations.

Zeno Sworder

Zeno Sworder (Australia)

Zeno Sworder is a writer and artist who lives in Melbourne with his young family. After studying Chinese literature and migration law at university, he ended up as a dishwasher. Later, he went on to work as a journalist, an English language teacher, a consular officer, an advocate for refugees and immigrants, and a jewelry designer. But he has always felt most himself sitting at a table drawing pictures and making up stories. He is a lover of all stationery but has a particular soft spot for pencils. Sworder is the winner of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) 2023 Picture Book of the Year for My Strange Shrinking Parents. In 2021, Sworder was named the CBCA New Illustrator of the Year, and his first book This Small Blue Dot was a CBCA Notable Book, the winner of the 2021 Australian Book Designers Association’s Award for Best Designed Children’s Illustrated Book, and the Designers' Choice Children’s/Young Adult Book of the Year.

Programme dates and times are subject to change.