Picture Book Course Introduction


How to use this course

Zanni chats about how to use this course.

Access our vibrant private Facebook group here to get support and share your work.

Meet your tutors

Meet Zanni Louise

In this video, Zanni introduces herself and her books and tells you a little about her journey into publishing.

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Meet Anna Pignataro

Meet Anna and learn what inspires Anna and how she got into illustrating picture books.

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Module One: Introduction to picture books

Available from 1 June 2021

Learn what makes a great picture book, and about the picture book market.

Tap into your inspiration and your unique picture book style through a variety of visual exercises. Anna talks you through her creative process.

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Module Two: Developing characters

Learn how to develop strong, active characters, point-of-view, and voice. Start developing characteristics, expression, accessories, and setting through visual exercises.

Module Three: Plot, storyline & exploring perspectives

Learn techniques for structuring your story. Start playing with angles and interesting perspectives through visual exercises.

Module Four: Writing techniques & illustration materials

Learn an array of picture book writing techniques, from show-don’t-tell, rhythm and rhyme, and compelling dialogue. Harness your unique picture book voice. Start playing with a range of visual materials, and experimenting with your visual style.

Module Five: Editing techniques, storyboarding & dummy books

Learn a variety of professional editing techniques, including how to write more concisely and rhythmically, improving sentence structure and formatting. Polish your manuscript for submission. Develop a storyboard and a dummy book for your manuscript.

Module Six: Preparing for publication

Learn how to access and impress publishers and agents with your finished work. Create finished artwork and cover art for your picture book. Create a picture book pitch and cover letter.