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Writing Picture Books Course (Online)

When:

Mon 4 Nov 2013, 9:00am–12:00pm
Mon 11 Nov 2013, 9:00am–12:00pm
Mon 18 Nov 2013, 9:00am–12:00pm
Mon 25 Nov 2013, 9:00am–12:00pm
Mon 2 Dec 2013, 9:00am–12:00pm

Where: Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, Victoria

Restrictions: 18+

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $395.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: WritersCentre_AU

Imagine being able to capture the imagination of children.
Imagine their wide-eyed wonder as they read their favourite stories.
Imagine ... writing those stories yourself.

What is it that makes popular picture books so magical? How do you really know what appeals to children? Writing a picture book that publishers want to pay you for is an art. But there are clear guidelines you can follow.

In this course, you'll discover what you need to do to turn your story idea into a real picture book that kids will love to read.

Say you have a beautifully-crafted story – funny and lively, sad, or with a deep insight. Is it a first draft, or is it ready to submit? How can you tell? What should you do next? Should you get your story illustrated?

One of the most common phrases used about picture book texts is “deceptively simple”. And that’s just it – the writing is deceptive. It appears simple, but requires a lot of skill to be effective. In this course we plan to show you some of the secrets and techniques you need to write a good children’s picture book.

Understanding the nature of children’s picture books
Working with illustrations
Language and rhythm
What’s so different about the picture book?
Point of view, structure and pace
Finding the right voice
Choosing your topic
The industry: market, gatekeepers, legal and financial considerations
and MUCH more
The course is also suitable for illustrators interested in working on picture books. While the focus of the course is on writing, there is a lot of information about the way authors and editors think which will show you how to better interpret the text and improve the characterisation. Learn how to make your illustrations better – how to extend the text and make it into a completely new jewel-like work.

This course focuses on picture books for younger children. If you'd like to write for slightly older children, please go to our course Writing Books for Children and Young Adults.

Please note: This course is delivered in 5 modules online via Open Learning. Course Content is available from 9am each Monday with assignments due by midnight the following Sunday. These can be submitted at any point during the week before this timeframe.