The Inclusion Incubator is currently in beta testing and will be improved and reopen for bookings later in 2020.
You understand that inclusion is important, and you're doing the best you can. You've made sure that the characters in your books are ethnically diverse, and maybe one or two books include a wheelchair user.
However, you know that there is more you could be doing to make your books inclusive. You don't want to just tick boxes. You want to truly effect change. But how do you take these good intentions and turn them into authentically inclusive books?
Maybe you've got some ideas of who you could be representing, 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 I often come across the same kinds of problems and find myself giving similar explanations not just about how to overcome them, but why this is important.
"Opened my eyes to the myriad decisions in a book's creation that determine its accessibility. From discussions around typefaces and spot colours, to shaping the messages embedded in a book's text and artwork. [It] has heightened my awareness of what contributes to a book being truly inclusive."
Anna Ridley, Commissioning Editor
Turn those good intentions into real action
The Inclusion Incubator gives you the background and foundational knowledge you need to make great books authentically 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 projects, including prompts for working on your mindset around inclusion and inclusive books.
To help you take what you are learning and make it work for you and your books, the programme includes regular 1:1 consultancy sessions where I'll gently push you out of your comfort zone and encourage you to think bigger, help change your mindset about what books can and can't be inclusive, hold you to account but also hold your hand.
"Working with Beth was a pleasure: she gave clear, prompt, considered and very helpful expert advice and feedback on a project, which benefited hugely from her eye. "
Natalie Doherty, Editorial Director, Penguin Random House
How does it work?
Each week for 7 weeks you'll be given access to pre-recorded content where I'll discuss 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 tips to remember, implementation and mindset tasks and may include suggestions for further reading or information. There will also be an introduction video made available before the programme starts, a bonus recording on language and terminology, and in week 8 a recording to summarise and give advice for moving forwards.
The programme will also include regular consultancy sessions (exact details are being decided through beta testing) where we can discuss the topics further in relation to your current projects (or anything else) and I can answer any questions and give specific advice, as well as discuss any concerns and potential pitfalls. We can use the sessions however works best for you, so that may be looking through rough illustrations together, or discussing the possibilities for a particular book.
Who is it for?
The Inclusion Incubator is for individuals or teams employed in the children's publishing industry. The content is written with picture books in mind, but the learning can be applied to other children's book formats, particularly other illustrated books, and the 1:1 sessions will help you do this.
If you are self-employed, I've designed a similar programme called Foundations for Inclusion which has group support rather than 1:1.
What's the investment?
The Inclusion Incubator is an investment for the books you are working on now and in future. 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.
Email support is available Monday to Thursday. Please aim to consolidate queries where possible. I will aim to respond in 24-72 hours.
All consultancy is carried out virtually via Zoom or Google Hangouts.
Got a question?
Please get in touch.