8-Week: Asynchronous Writing the Children’s Picture Book

$325.00 Members
$355.00 Non-members

Writing picture books for children requires a solid understanding of how this unique book is put together, how illustrations enhance and tell part of the story, and how the tools of language can enhance your story. In this online workshop, you do not need to have a story already written, but it’s great if you do!

In weeks one and two we'll learn what a picture book is and develop and complete a new story or improve an existing story through brainstorming and writing prompts/story questions. Then we'll explore various aspects of writing the picture book through online workshopping and discussing the stories written in the first two weeks (or a different story if you have one—your choice). We’ll look at a variety of picture book aspects including beginnings and endings, characters (where applicable), structure, illustration potential/role in your story, use of the language tools at our disposal including rhyme, alliteration, onomatopoeia, and more. The bulk of these six weeks will be devoted to giving and receiving feedback on your own and others’ picture book manuscripts, during which we will explore the topics above. Each week also contains an optional craft lesson to go deeper into different aspects of writing a picture book.

About Our Online Asynchronous Classes:

We use an online platform called Wet Ink for asynchronous classes. Rather than meet at a specific time and place in person or via Zoom, this platform allows writers to log in on their own time to post comments and critiques directly to authors’ works (for 8-week workshops). You can also view deadlines, track revisions, and watch video or listen to audio. At the end of the class, each student will receive an email that contains an archive of all their content and interactions. Everyone who participates in an online workshop will also become part of the ongoing Lighthouse community within Wet Ink, where you can share and receive exercises and calls for submissions. Stay in touch with your fellow students (if you like) via the Lighthouse community when the class has ended.

By the end of the day on the Monday that class begins, you’ll receive an invitation to join Wet Ink. There are no browser requirements, and Wet Ink is mobile-friendly. If you have any questions about the technical requirements, please email [email protected]

Students are welcome to enroll up until the Friday of the starting week.

Instructor: Denise Vega Learn More

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