Author and artist, Lily Williams, loves using humor and heart to connect audiences of all ages to science, art, and the creative journey. Her talks range from broad topics such as illustration, animation, breaking into the creative field, and finding your artistic voice — to specific talks about her process of writing a children’s book, and combining art and science to educate. Lily enjoys connecting with people and their inner creativity.
Lily is based near Denver, Colorado.
If you are interested in booking Lily for a speaking engagement, please contact Kate Kubert Puls firstname.lastname@example.org for all booking requests
An update on current circumstances • Many events have been canceled for the foreseeable future
Thank you for understanding and being patient that all of my current and upcoming events are on hold or canceled during this time. Please stay in, stay safe, and keep us all healthy by keeping yourselves healthy.
SELECTED PAST EVENTS
North Texas Teen Book Festival • Various panels, 2020
C2E2 • Women in Comics panel, 2020
SCWBI Rocky Mountain Chapter, Letters & Lines Conference • 2018, 2020
Lightbox Expo • Moderator: Illustrating for Children’s Books panel,2019
San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival • Shark Panel, 2016
College Lectures • California College of the Arts, Woodbury University, Montana State University, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
Draw My Life • How did Lily become an author/illustrator? With a focus school on her shark art and ocean health activism, this talk is the best for younger audiences and grade combo larger groups!
Art + Science •A behind the scenes look at fact-finding and how Lily distills scientific concepts to illustrate. Touching on fact-checking, reliable sources, and working with scientists with an emphasis on If Sharks Disappeared. Recommended for 4th grade+.
Friendship + Periods • A behind the scenes look at how Karen Schneemann and Lily Williams created the middle-grade fiction graphic novel Go With The Flow. A dive into friendship, periods, puberty, menstrual equity, and what it means to be an activist. Recommended for 5th grade+.
Harnessing the Power of the Internet • The internet can be a powerful tool for creatives when used well. How to protect your art online and how Lily got her first book deal thanks to the magic of the world wide web. This talk has been given at the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators 2018 Letters and Lines conference.
Art: A Career • This motivational talk is geared for older students and focuses on the realities of making art a career. Highlights include embracing who you are, proper pricing, and the importance of manners. This talk has been given at Solano Community College, California College of the Arts, and Woodbury University.
Your Stories, Your Voice • Your stories have the power to change the world… how do you use them and your voice to make a positive impact?
Why Activism? • A little bit about where my desire to make activist-driven work came from and how I balance what activism means for me.
Hosting a Visit
If you want to host Lily for a speaking engagement, please work with your local bookstores for book ordering and sales. Lily will bring a USB with the presentation file on it, the event (or school) will need to provide a computer, projector, and microphone for larger spaces.
A selected few talks that have been made available to watch online. Enjoy!