Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Aram Kim: Creating Memorable Characters Readers Will Fall in Love With

Date(s) - 11/05/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Online Workshop
SCBWI - Carolinas, Webinar

Workshop Description

Who’s your favorite character from picture books? Wild but lonely Max from Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak? Sweet and kind-hearted polka-dotted Elephant from Little Elliot series by Mike Curato? A little girl who gets a stomachache every Saturday from Saturday is Swimming Day by Hyewon Yum? What are the common traits of these irresistible characters?

If you are writing or illustrating character-driven picture books, creating a memorable and lovable character readers will fall in love with is vital.

In this hands-on workshop, we will discuss some of the most beloved picture book characters and create our own! With exercises like making a character bio, developing a background story, and living as your own character, we will explore how to build a three dimensional character who inspires lots of questions from readers.

At the end of the workshop. attendees will leave with a solid tool they can apply to build their present/future characters that will charm the readers.


Aram Kim is a writer and illustrator as well as a designer of picture books for children. She was born in Ohio, raised in South Korea, and now lives in Queens, NY, at the heart of diversity, happily surrounded by diverse food and culture.

By day, she is a senior designer at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group designing picture books and middle grade books.

By all other time, she writes and illustrates. Her titles include Cat on the Bus, No Kimchi For Me!, and Let’s Go to Taekwondo! She is currently working on her next book to come out Spring 2021.


  • $0.00 SCBWI Carolinas Member, but must use discount code to get this price!
  • $20 all other SCBWI members
  • $30 Non-SCBWI members

When does registration open and close?

OPENS: July 15, 2020
CLOSES: October 21, 2020
Please note: Participation is capped on Zoom (our hosting platform)

Terms and Conditions

  • SCBWI Members MUST login to receive member pricing
  • There are no partial refunds for failure to login
  • All refunds may be subject to a 5% handling fee
  • No registration fees will be refunded after October 5, 2020