course PMFA-451

Online from Pratt Institute 

Learn how to express your personal vision and appeal to your audience—children and publishing decision-makers

Offered again in Spring 2021

Registration details to come.

Course Description:

Interactive on-line sessions are generally about half illustrated lecture-discussions and half a review of developing ideas. The course has been carefully designed to help you develop your

picture book. 


     Visual presentations along with analysis of classics and recent successes will give you a better understanding of the importance of rhythm in language, plotting, and layout. 

     Short writing exercises will hone your skills.

   Each week we will see your work as a class, and help you find the way forward. 

     Our goal is to see you develop a dummy, color samples, and an understanding of what's needed before presenting your work for publication.


Questions answered via e-mail during the week. 

       New session planned for Spring 2021

       Registration details to come. 

  online at or call 855-551-7727

               for course PMFA-451






Art by Steve

Steve knows first-hand how hard it is to get to "yes." But he's done it time and again.

His books include HAPPY CAT, starred by Kirkus Reviews, CAT GOT A LOT,  HERE IS BIG BUNNY, and HIDE!, called "a winner" by School Library Journal. His latest, SNOW IS FUN will be coming in 2021. 

With years of experience, I know much of what an editor is looking for.  


I say "much of" because all editors have certain basics in common along with their individual preferences. 

As an editor and an author-illustrator, Steve and I are coming at the process of creating a picture book from different sides of the desk. This  unique mix of editorial/publishing and artistic/creative experience helps students unlock their picture book's potential. 

"Barbara and Steve are a great team."-- Joe M.

"You get a really unique perspective, combining the editorial and artistic."--Celeste K. 


"I highly recommend this class."  --Jeff L.

"I was fully motivated." -- Dainty N.

"It is rare to find a class of this depth and breadth."--Stephanie R.

"It was fantastic!"-- Lisa C.

"Very intuitive." -- Yue Z.