This group programme will run next in 2021
Learn the essential foundations
for making books inclusive
Foundations for Inclusion
You understand that inclusion is important, and you're doing the best you can. You have some knowledge about how to make books inclusive and do so whenever you can, however, you know that there is more you could be doing.
You don't want to just tick boxes. You want to truly effect change but you know it takes more than just good intentions.
Maybe you've got some ideas of what you could be doing, or want to do, but you're worried about getting it wrong. You not only want to understand what goes into making truly inclusive books, but you also want to know how to apply this to the projects you are working on right now.
You are not alone. When I'm consulting on books there are pitfalls that come up again and again, and I find myself giving similar explanations not just about how to overcome them, but why this is important.
Transform good intentions into truly inclusive books
Foundations for Inclusion gives you exactly that: the essential knowledge and understanding of approach you need if you truly want to make books inclusive.
There's a different focus each week with activities to explore where you are and to help you apply what you've learned to current or recent projects, including prompts for working on your mindset around inclusion and inclusive books – and these mindset prompts have proved powerful for those currently enrolled.
Regular group sessions will help you take what you are learning and make it work for you and the projects you're working on right now. The peer support from the rest of the group will help consolidate learning and drive you forwards.
"...exactly what I was looking for. I had some knowledge of how to go about creating inclusive materials before the course, but this has really clarified things. It's given me the confidence to try to make materials more inclusive and also to flag things I think are of concern in projects I'm working on. "
Lottie Galpin, Freelance ELT Editor and Writer
An 8 week programme to lay the essential foundations for inclusion
Each week for 8 weeks you'll be given access to pre-recorded content discussing a particular topic or aspect to consider when making inclusive books. This will be accompanied by a PDF of the content, which will also include pointers to remember, implementation and mindset tasks and may also include suggestions for further reading or information.
Everyone enrolled will be invited to join a private Facebook group where you'll be encouraged to share your responses to the implementation and mindset tasks and support each other. The peer support on the beta round has been phenomenal so engaging in the group is a big part of the experience. I'll also be responsive on any posts.
In addition to this, there will be an introductory group video call where you can all get to know each other, and 5 group video calls where I'll answer any questions and you'll have an opportunity to talk about a project you're working on get support to apply the learnings from the programme.
"I can feel my mental attitude to inclusion changing – it's no longer a scary thing that I don't understand, so I passively avoid. Having this information from a clear source will give me the confidence to make changes and have fun doing it!"
Rose Parkin, Freelance Editor and Project Manager
Who is it for?
Foundations for Inclusion is for freelancers in the publishing industry (including editors, designers, authors and illustrators). The content is written with picture and illustrated books in mind, but the learning can be applied to other children's book and educational products and the group sessions and peer support will help you do this.
"This course is a fantastic starting point to help anyone working in children's books start thinking about inclusivity. It's as useful for authors and illustrators as it is for editors and designers as well as those reviewing books. This isn't just about understanding how to make a book more inclusive, but also why it's so important - from accurate representation to good accessibility - because everyone should feel that books are for them. "
Lisa Davies, Freelance Children's Book Editor and Publishing Consultant
What's the investment?
Foundations for Inclusion is an investment that goes well beyond the programme. You will develop an understanding and awareness of issues regarding inclusion, and how to apply these to real projects, as well as pointers from each unit that you can use as guidelines on every project you work on in future.
"I'm really enjoying challenging my mindset, learning more about inclusivity and accessibility, and thinking about how I can apply this learning to current and future projects – Beth is an engaging and responsive instructor and has created a comprehensive course that I am confident will help me create better products."
Cathy Atkinson, Freelance Editor
What's the breakdown of the programme?
Introductory video call on Thursday 15th October
8 pre-recorded videos of teaching content – released each Friday for 8 weeks.
4 group video calls in weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8 (taking place on a Wednesday or Thursday)
Final video call on Thursday 17th December (for anyone who needs extra time to catch up)
Facebook group for sharing responses and peer support
Will I receive any evidence I've completed the programme?
Participants who engage with the tasks and share their responses in the Facebook group will receive a PDF certificate and LinkedIn recommendation.
Can I expect responses to my posts in the Facebook group?
I will aim to respond to posts in the Facebook group in 24-72 hours, Monday-Thursday.
What if I can't make the live group sessions?
All video sessions will be recorded and shared via the Facebook group or learning platform so can be watched at your own convenience. Please try your best to attend the introductory session live.
I'm not a freelancer. How can I get this support?
If you are employed in the publishing industry, check out the Inclusion Incubator. If you are a very small independent publisher, please get in touch to discuss how I can best support you in laying the foundations for inclusion.
If your questions hasn't been answered above, please get in touch.