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!


  1. Hi Jane,

    I am considering taking your class. I am a children’s book author, self published, with two picture books under my belt; Humpty Dumpty Cracks and All, and Electric Pink: A Christmas Haibun. I am also a poet. I write primarily in the haiku genre and Haibun(prose+haiku) is my first love. I am looking to publish a poem that I wrote and would like to actually formally learn about how to put a children’s book together, as my first two were done on intuition alone. I also put text with picture/photograph which in haikuland is called haiga. I am a published poet, but I wish to maybe create a new genre, haiku as a children’s book. I am also taking illustrating classes as I wish to do my own…Do you think this class is appropriate for me? Thank you



    • Hi, Susan! Thanks for your interest in the class. And congratulations on your self-publishing success. I certainly think the class could be helpful to you. We spend some time talking about how a picture book goes together, and we also deconstruct at least 16 published books and talk about what makes them work–or not work. I, for one, always get a lot out of these discussions, and I believe students do as well. I don’t consider myself a poet, but I can look at any piece of writing and tell you what I think is effective and where I think there may be issues worth taking another look at. It tends to be a very interactive class, with plenty of room for discussion and questions. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you’ll join us!


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