Picture Book Revision: Online
Ready to get your picture books out into the world? In this lively eight-week class, you will come to class with three picture book manuscripts and will craft six bold revisions (two new revisions for each story—usually up to 700 words), fiction or nonfiction, with an eye on submitting to children's book agents and editors in today's competitive and ever-shifting market. Each week will include a short lecture on a particular aspect of picture book revision with a close look at published picture books; revision tactics and exercises; feedback on classmate manuscripts. Students should already be familiar with the picture book format—its restrictions and possibilities—and will leave the course with a deeper understanding of picture book markets. You’ll also come away with three manuscripts to further develop or finalize for submission. This class is especially recommended for students who have taken Picture Book Intensive, Six Weeks Six Picture Books, Picture Book Generator or similar courses.
Students are asked to select two or more picture book mentor texts for each of the three manuscripts to be revised in this course. You may select your mentor texts for any of the following reasons: relevant topic, content, theme, angle, approach, structure, language, writing style, characterization, voice or POV. Please aim to source these picture book mentor texts before the course begins.
Picture books by these and many other authors will be shared: Bao Phi, Tracy Sorrell, Isabel Quintero, Kyle Lukoff, Andrea Wang, Joanne Schwartz, Minh Lê, Kevin Noble Maillard, Margarita Engle, Kate Messner, Bao Phi, Katie Yamasaki, Joyce Sidman, Jane Yolen, Uma Krishnaswami, Carole Boston Weatherford, Matt de la Peña, Andrea Pinkney, and Derrick Barnes.
*NOTE that while our handy dandy "Schedule" tab states a 6-7pm class time, there are actually no live meetings for this class! Weekly lessons and assignments open each Wednesday. Students will receive an invitation to Wet Ink, our online class platform, before 5pm on the first day of class.
Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.
For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.
- Computer or Tablet Recommended
- Writing Homework
- Instructor Feedback
- In-Class Writing
- Craft Lessons
- Generate New Work
- The Novel
- Young Adult & Children's Literature