Australian Writers’ Centre: Writing Picture Books
Writing a picture book that publishers want to pay you for is an art. But there are clear guidelines you can follow. In this course, you’ll discover what you need to do to turn your story idea into a real picture book that kids will love to read. Say you have a beautifully-crafted story – funny and lively, sad, or with a deep insight. Is it a first draft, or is it ready to submit? How can you tell? Should you get your story illustrated? One of the most common phrases used about picture book texts is 'deceptively simple'. It appears simple, but requires a lot of skill to be effective. In this course, learn some of the secrets and techniques you need to write a good children’s picture book.
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- The nature of children’s picture books
- Working with illustrations
- Language and rhythm
- Point of view, structure and pace
- Finding the right voice
- Choosing a topic
- The industry: market, gatekeepers, legal and financial considerations
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