Complete exercises to improve fundamental craft skills
Explore characterization, story structure, setting, and point of view
Develop a writing voice that is uniquely your own
Complete a picture book manuscript draft
Identify potential publishers for your work
About this course:
Created for the beginning writer, this course explores the various genres within the category of children's picture books, including nonfiction, writing in rhyme, classics, and concept books for young children. Writing exercises focus on improving fundamental craft skills, such as characterization, story structure, setting, voice, and point-of-view. You are encouraged to expand your creative thinking in order to develop your own unique writing style (your voice), and a peer feedback group provides a nurturing atmosphere for discussion of each writer's work. The goal is to complete a draft of a picture book manuscript and a market list of potential publishers.
Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required.
This course is held via video teleconference. Instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at the course meeting time as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.
Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.
No refunds after April 27, 2023
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Writing Picture Books: Writing Picture Books Revised and Expanded Edition: A Hands-On Guide from Story Creation to Publication
by Ann Whitford Paul