“We were thrilled with Courtney’s visit, which included a brief presentation, a drawing activity and an opportunity for students to ask questions.  Courtney was energetic, dynamic and had a great sense of humor, which made her visit really enjoyable for the younger students.   I highly recommend reaching out to Courtney if you are looking for an author experience for your students.”-

Emily Godfrey M.L.I.S, M.Ed

I’m happy to work with your curriculum to present a fun, engaging and informative presentation.

Some past presentations: 

Grades K-2

  • How does an Author/Illustrator write stories?
  • Let’s Draw- How to write by sketching first 
  • Happy Diwali! and It’s Holi!


Grades 3-5

  • Writing a book with ( a Diverse) Family- How It’s Holi and Happy Diwali were created  with my sister-in law
  • Revision: The Best of Times, the worst of times. 
  • Draw or Write? How I write and illustrate picture books.

Please contact me for more information!



“It was wonderful, working with Courtney! She was always kind and encouraging, but had great constructive criticism to help elevate my work. Throughout the course of our mentorship, I was able to polish my manuscript, improve character designs, update a few portfolio pieces and complete a picture book dummy. Courtney was always generous with her time and knowledge. I plan to work with her again!”- Laura Sprtel 

I’m excited to start a new program to mentor aspiring author/illustrators!

It consists of a three month one on one program with a zoom meeting every two weeks to discuss assignments, craft and other aspects of the picture book business as well as email communication.

 Assignments and discussions will be tailored to the individual needs of the student. 

This class is great for

-illustrators who want to write their own stories

-beginning illustrators who wish to build their portfolio

-Aspiring author/illustrators getting projects ready to submit to agents and/or editors

-author/illustrators working on a project and would like extensive revision feedback. 

You will need:

-At least one written draft of a story, preferably several. 

-Examples of your current illustrations

-A willingness to complete assignments 

-Some technical ability to share artwork. (scanner and upload capability) 

Price: $350




I have taught art and writing workshops at The Highlights Foundation and local SCBWI Conferences for adults interested in pursuing writing and/or illustrating for children.  I can present lectures about my career path (and inspiring others), How to Leave room for your Illustrator, Revision, and more! I also love leading hands on creative exercises to stretch creativity and inspire new ideas that work for writers and illustrators. 

For children, I have led week long and hour long workshops at Gaithersburg Book Festival, schools and after school programs, where students tackle aspects of writing and illustrating. I’m happy to work with you to create a workshop that fits into your schedule and addresses student’s talents and  interest in art, writing or both!  


Please contact me for more information!