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We developed this five week course for people who want to get a good general overview of the picture book field, while working to develop their writing and/or illustrating skills using this format.

About PICTURE BOOK ESSENTIALS

 

Whether you like to write, draw, or do, both five daytime classes  will  help you understand the challenges and rewards of the picture book format. 

    Always underscoring the importance of rhythm in language, plotting, and layout, the classes are about how to make a dummy, sharpen your plot, hone your language, develop your character, and navigate the business. Includes lectures with visuals from classic and currently popular titles, discussion, and targeted exercises.

    Importantly--supportive workshopping will show you how to use this popular, versatile format to present your story or non-fiction ideas.

"Barbara and Steve did a terrific job acquainting the class with the structure of a good picture book . 

They analyzed several successful children’s  books and broke down the components that made them so compelling both lyrically and pictorially. 

    Our own efforts at story telling were honestly critiqued and their comments were well reasoned and extremely helpful. They also helped clarify the business side of the art, providing information that is key to actually getting work published.  

     I highly recommend this course for any aspiring children’s book author!"   --Dave M.

Student comments

"The perfect class for those interested in writing for children!  The encouragement, support, and honest feedback from Barbara, Steve, and my classmates left me inspired to challenge myself in all sorts of ways!  I highly recommend this class for anyone who has a story or two brewing in his or her head!"  --Katie H.

"Interesting, informative, and invaluable for anyone who wants to learn more about writing or illustration children's books. A wonderful experience." --Dana W.

"Thought-provoking ...with insightful and honest feedback." --Kathy S.