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On this 10-session online evening course led by award-winning children's author Sean Taylor, you will explore what makes a successful picture book story, and work towards writing one yourself.
The course will be a journey into the craft of writing picture book stories.
Picture books are illustrated stories for children aged 2-6. They are designed to be read together with adults and are often boxes of delight. Inside them, you find characters that children love from the opening words, engaging themes, page-turning stories, inventive illustrations, flights of imagination, humour, emotion, and endings which uplift, provoke, or surprise (or do all three!)
The picture book story form is simple and short – typically they are between 200 and 700 words long. But, as anyone who has tried to write one will know, the craft of writing them is anything but straightforward.
On this course, you will be led through an exploration of this special form of writing, by an author of with a deep experience of the form.
Themes explored will include:
- creating characters that children love
- technical aspects of picture book design/format
- beginnings and endings
- how to ‘keep writing young’
- how to create page-turning stories
- musical language
- redrafting, shortening and polishing texts
- emotion – the third dimension a story needs
The course will feature weekly challenges for you to work on between classes. You will also have the opportunity to attend a virtual question and answer session with Maria Tunney, Senior Editor at Walker Books.
You will be encouraged to write one or more picture book stories, one of which will be discussed in depth during a 30-minute one-to-one tutorial with Sean Taylor.
This course is open to participants with all levels of writing experience. The teaching style will be interactive and hands-on, and classes will be held online, using the Zoom platform.
We are committed to providing reasonable teaching adjustments for students with disabilities that may impact on their learning experience. If you require adjustments, please complete the relevant section on the booking form and also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can respond to your requests as soon as possible.
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