Training workshops for children’s book publishers

 

All sessions include interactive elements to ensure that participants feel involved and stay engaged. Trainers have extensive training and teaching experience. Workshop timings are negotiable. 

For further information, prices, or to book, contact us

A Place at the Table
In-House Workshop
(Full or half day)

 

Aim: For delegates to actively explore the importance of diversity and understand their individual role in making a collective change.

Note: The roundtable workshop format is designed for staff across all sectors of the publishing house and is very discussion-based. It may be possible for the introduction to feature a talk from a member of our ambassador network if requested.

 

Example of content

  • Introduction to diversity and inclusion
  • How our attitudes are formed
  • Exercise acknowledging unconscious values, beliefs and prejudices
  • Roundtable discussion based around four key questions
  • Feedback on key areas of discussion
  • Development of action points
  • Summary

 

Outcomes:

  • Actively consider the barriers to inclusion within their role.
  • Gain a heightened awareness about inclusion in the industry, and the skills needed to translate this into action.
  • Concrete action points to take away.


An Introduction to Achieving Authentic Inclusion 
(1.5–2 hours)

 

Aim: To explore delegates’ knowledge of diversity issues and to inspire them 
to apply learning points in their day-to-day work. 

 

Note: For the purposes of the introductory workshop, the training can either focus on a particular aspect of diversity, to be agreed by the workshop leaders and host, 
or give a brief overview of a range of aspects.

 

Example of possible content:

  • Introduction to diversity and inclusion
  • How our attitudes are formed
  • Exercise acknowledging unconscious values, beliefs and prejudices
  • Chosen aspect of diversity and how children’s literature can better reflect it
  • Examples of common challenges and pitfalls publishers may face
  • How to develop best practice.

 

Outcomes:

  • A raised awareness of the barriers to inclusion.
  • An understanding of how to ensure diverse characters are authentic and how to avoid common pitfalls to inclusion.
  • Concrete action points to take away.


Achieving Authentic Inclusion 
(Full or half day)

 

 

Aim: To provide delegates with comprehensive training on all aspects of improving diversity and inclusion in children’s books, using practical experience, examples 
of good practice, specific advice, contacts and professional/specialist expertise.

 

Note: All aspects of diversity will be covered. However, Inclusive Minds will discuss requirements with the host/partner and ensure that the training is tailored to suit the specific context and needs of the audience.  Training can focus on a specific area if required.

 

Example of possible content (disability focus):

Introduction

  • Introduction to diversity and inclusion
  • How our attitudes are formed
  • Exercise acknowledging unconscious values, beliefs and prejudices

 

Diversity and children’s books

  • Background/context
  • Overview of the children’s book landscape in relation to the various aspects 
    of diversity
  • Trends, gaps and opportunities
  • Common challenges and pitfalls experienced by publishers
  • Getting it right
  • The value of research and consultation – and how Inclusive Minds can help

 

Commercial aspects

  • Mainstream not niche
  • Opening up new markets

 

Focus subject (e.g. Disability)

  • What is disability?
  • A brief look at look at the context and attitudes to disability
  • Accessibility – including simple measures to ensure all books are accessible 
    to as many children as possible
  • The challenges – cost, age-appropriateness, etc.
  • What do we mean by ‘inclusive’?
  • Why inclusion is so important, the impact/need – children’s views/responses
  • Historical portrayal of disability in books
  • The need for books which (a) feature disability as a theme, (b) feature disabled protagonists, and (c) achieve natural, subtle inclusion
  • Examples of good practice
  • Common challenges/pitfalls
  • Simple changes which can dramatically enhance books
  • Key techniques for avoiding stereotypes and tokenism and ensuring authentic and convincing texts/images
  • Including a truly diverse range of disability images
  • Subtle messages and environmental/visual clues
  • Neglected areas of disability – i.e. gaps in the ‘market’ - opportunities!

 

Other areas of diversity

  • How points from specific subject focus relate to other aspects of diversity

 

Where do we go from here?

  • Finding help and resources
  • Final questions and key messages
  • Inclusive Minds consultation and support services

 

Outcomes:

  • An in-depth understanding of the barriers to inclusion.
  • Knowledge about the current state of inclusion in the children’s book market and potential gaps and opportunities.
  • Commercial aspects of inclusive books
  • A comprehensive understanding of how to ensure diverse characters are authentic and how to avoid common pitfalls to inclusion.
  • Concrete action points to take away.