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"The constructive criticism was invaluable" - RT
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Writing the Picture Book
Course Details
Dates: 9/8 - 10/6
Length: 4 weeks
Price: $219.99
Holly Alder
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Writing the Picture Book
Course Starts Tomorrow!

Picture books are one of the most delightful-and important-genres in all of literature.

In this course, you'll learn how write a winning picture book narrative, envision it with illustrations, and put together a picture package that a publisher will really notice.

Plus, you'll receive feedback on each assignment from your instructor and have the chance to participate in the peer critique section of the workshop with other classmates.

See syllabus here »


"I was very impressed with the feedback I received on my work. The constructive criticism was invaluable to making my story more marketable. Thank you." - Robert T.

"This course has been fantastic. The reading material is extremely helpful. The instructor feedback has been specific, positive and invaluable." - John V.

What you'll learn:

Dispel some misconceptions that you may have about picture books and learn the "rules" of the genre.
Learn the audiences for picture books and how selections are made.
Understand how a picture book relies on a combination of compelling language and visual appeal.
Learn which subject matters, including personal experience, make the best subjects for a picture book narrative.
Learn how to construct a picture book dummy to determine whether pacing and illustration placement are effective.
Understand how to evaluate your picture book to make sure it is "publisher-ready."
Learn how to approach a publisher with a picture book manuscript.
About the Instructor

Holly Alder
Holly Adler
Holly Alder graduated from Northwestern University with an Education/ English double major and an emphasis in children's literature. She also acquired an M.Ed. from National College of Education in elementary teaching, with an emphasis in grade school art. She taught writing and literature at Principia College for ten years, including freshman English, writing, and children's literature and writing.

Holly taught writing for five more years at the University of Cincinnati while picking up an M.A. in psychology, and had various jobs in that field, but never found one she could stomach for long. She then accepted the position of manager of the children's department of one of the first Barnes & Noble superstores, where she has been for fifteen more years, starving, but happily collecting children's books, teaching children's crafts, and writing.

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