Writing & Illustrating a Children’s Picture Book
This online course brings together the teaching materials from our two individual courses - for people who want to work on the text and the illustrations for children's picture books.
May 01 2019 - July 10 2019
Create a Picture Book
Make great stories for young kids
Hosted on our bespoke learning platform
Course fee £350
Includes professional feedback on your draft picture book
This online course brings together the teaching materials from our two individual courses – Writing a Children’s Picture Book and Illustrating a Children’s Book for people who want to do both. If you love to write children’s stories and to create the artwork for them, then join this course for expert advice from two established author-illustrators to help you improve your skills in both disciplines, to help you to produce the complete illustrations and text of your own children’s picture book, and to learn how to raise your game and adopt an informed, professional approach in your dealings with the children’s publishing world.
However if you are only looking to work on either writing or illustration, then check out the relevant single-discipline course (above-mentioned) instead. You can also take the individual courses in writing and illustrating one after the other, rather than choosing this combined course. If you’re unsure which option is right for you, take time to read through the descriptions of all three courses, and email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on (44) 207 3934201 if you have any questions you’d like to ask.
WHAT DOES THIS COURSE GIVE YOU?
This course is ideal for aspiring writers or illustrators who want to learn the fundamentals behind making a picture book.
This great learning package features teaching videos and substantial notes organised into ten weekly modules designed for flexible study, so you can take part at times to suit you and from wherever in the world you are.
A clear path to a finished picture book text.
Work through 10 weekly modules containing teaching videos and substantial notes specially writ-ten and produced by picture book illustrator Sarah McIntyre and author David O’Connell.
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Upload your completed writing tasks, give and receive feedback, and discuss the week’s topics with your fellow students and the CBC team.
Children’s writers Sarah McIntyre and David O’Connell guides you through course.
At least three videos per module), including footage of Sarah drawing to demonstrate illustration techniques and ideas.
Custom tasks from Sarah and David to help you learn practically
Designed to help you progress the development of your writing and illustrative techniques, the planning of your story, the sketching of your thumbnail roughs, the writing of your final text and the creation of your full set of preliminary drawings - followed by your final illustrations*.
Resources & Notes
Comprehensive teaching notes and reference materials that are yours to keep.
These include a reading list, a glossary of useful children's publishing terms, and a template showing how a children's picture book should be set out.
Get feedback from your peers and an expert CBC editor
Each week, author-illustrator Karl Newson will be viewing the work posted and offering some fo-cused comment on a few students' work – every student will get written feedback on their final task.
The course is suitable for complete beginners as well as those who have already written picture book texts but want to learn more and improve their skills. It’s also suitable for people who’ve previously written in different forms (eg novels for older children or adults), and for people who’ve taken creative writing courses with universities or other organisations (as well as other CBC courses). We can’t promise this course will get you an agent or a publishing deal, but it aims to demystify the children’s picture book publishing world and help you to understand what children’s publishers look for in a submission.
COURSE STRUCTURE & WEEKLY TOPICS
Our bespoke learning platform features separate forum spaces for each teaching unit, arranged in a clear structure that’s easy to use. This enables students to quickly find and take part in discussions and to easily locate task materials they’d like to refer back to.
Studying the market and learning from the work of other children’s book writers and illustrators
How to find inspiration and develop story ideas in writing
How to find artistic inspiration and develop ideas as illustrations
Characters and Setting: Writing
Make your characters and settings stand out
Characters and Setting: Illustration
Creating vivid settings and worlds
Finding the right words
Pencil drawing, painting, digital work and exploring other media
Planning your story & working to the 32-page format
Planning your story and spreads – thumbnail sketches and pencil roughs
Professional development in both writing and illustration, how to approach publishers and agents; working on your final illustrations and creating a portfolio