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Writing and Illustrating a Children's Picture Book

If you want to write and illustrate children's picture books, these online courses feature inspirational advice from two published author-illustrators.

How it Works

Our courses are suitable for complete beginners or those who have already written/illustrated picture books but want to learn more and improve their skills. Choose from one of our 6-week courses in writing or illustration or take the combined 10-week course.

Expert tuition from well-known authors and illustrators

Popular children's author-illustrators Sarah McIntyre and David O'Connell share their advice on building a career as a children’s picture book illustrator and writer and the do's and don'ts of creative collaboration.

David O'Connell, author and illustrator

Learn how to plan and write great children’s books

David O'Connell teaches you how to plan your story, create your characters and their worlds; how to sharpen your writing style and use language in ways that children love - and how to develop your writing professionally to attract publishers.

Children's Book Illustration

Discover the secrets of children’s picture illustration

Sarah McIntyre guides you through the unwritten rules of creating books for children, how to develop your ideas and style, refine your technique and build on your strengths to produce the full set of illustrations for a picture book.