Picture Book Intensive

picture-booksIt’s that time again! Another Picture Book Intensive will be starting up on writers.com on January 17th.

This is an eight-week interactive class in which we explore the craft of writing the children’s picture book.

The picture book may seem like the easiest thing in the world to write, but in truth, it’s one of the most difficult forms. Join me for an exploration of the picture book–the crown jewel of children’s books–in all its multi-faceted glory!

We’ll look at what makes these simple yet challenging books work. We’ll look at some of our favorites, and our least favorites, with an eye toward understanding the elements that create magic—or not!

Students will learn how to simplify text, understand story arc, create effective page turns, draft a picture book dummy, and more.

We’ll read two books each week and discuss them. We’ll talk about board books, concept books, award winners, books we love, and books we just don’t get at all. In addition, you will post your own work for critique by fellow students and by me.

I hope you’ll join me! Check out the details here. And if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I’d love to work with you!

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