A summer workshop for children to write, illustrate, and publish their own picture books. 


We love picture books.

The picture book is not only alive and well today, it's enjoying the greatest success it's ever seen. And it's clear that it's not going anywhere. In fact, it has been said that we have entered a Golden Age of picture books—and when we browse the ever-expanding children's sections of bookstores everywhere, and wonder at the incredible beauty, variety and quality on the shelves, this certainly seems to be true. Perhaps one of the reasons for this is the unique ability picture books have to capture the depth, simplicity and emotion of the stories they tell. When words and pictures work together in well-assembled harmony, something magical happens. 


In an increasingly digital world, it's important to foster the appreciation and creation of analog, tangible and—maybe most meaningfully—beautiful objects. We believe children should be part of the conversation, part of the incredible creativity and storytelling that make great picture books. Picture books are an important part of our childhoods and often affect us in profound ways. It is a medium that requires insight and a honed set of skills to do well, and we aim to give it the time and respect it deserves. With the growth of new skills and a deepening of love for the medium, our children can contribute to the world of literature, too.


Structuring a summer workshop to cover writing, illustration, and design is a completely new and unique approach. Sea-Stump is the only program offering an integrated, full-picture approach to creating picture books, and it gives middle school students the writing and drawing tools they need to create these fabulous books. With our one-of-a-kind program, our students finish the class experiencing the joy of learning and implementing practical skills to create and finish something beautiful. 


This is the Picture Book Project.


Who we are

Sea-Stump is the brainchild, labor of love, and shared dream of two great friends and fellow children's book creators. Andrew and Darren developed the curriculum and structure for the workshop out of Andrew's middle school teaching experience and Darren's commercial design and illustration experience. Both working professionals, they built the The Picture Book Project to bring their knowledge of writing, illustration and design for children's books to young people, grounding it in Common Core Standards and proven teaching techniques. 

Follow Sea-Stump on Twitter: @SeaStump



Currently the 7th grade English teacher at Saint Joseph School in Seattle, Andrew LeTellier has taught reading and writing in public and private schools across Washington, Oregon, Utah, and Maine. His inclination for teaching and writing for children emerges from a love of child development and a hopeless affinity for animals in clothing. That, and no one else seems to laugh at his jokes.

Andrew can occasionally be found discussing books, authors, writing and other important topics here: @andrewletee

Darren Cools

Darren Cools has been drawing and designing for a living since 2008. His independent client work includes Adidas, Daimler Trucks and Portland Metro, as well as many small businesses and non-profits. He currently serves as Creative Director for the Archdiocese of Portland. His interest in children's books hasn't really changed since he was a child himself—and he still loves it when people read aloud to him.

Darren posts sometimes about illustration, writing, design, and other random things here: @darrencools


[The workshop] was fun and interactive. It helps give you a little taste of what it’s like to be an author.
— Emily S.
It was actually more than I expected. I liked how they helped us a lot with every step and how they were open to our ideas. They were very understanding.
— Avery B.