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The ABCs of Writing and Publishing a Picture Book

Saturday, December 10th, from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

Ever wonder what goes into writing and publishing a picture book? In this workshop, you’ll get a solid overview of this challenging but rewarding genre, geared to children ages 3 to 8.

 First, we’ll discuss key craft elements such as theme, story arc, characters, length, and language; and learn about the all-important relationship of words and pictures. We’ll look at a range of successful picture books, including WatercressThe Rough Patch, The Other Side, and Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. Next, we’ll tackle some common questions about the picture-book publishing business, including: Do you need an agent? What about self-publishing vs. traditional publishing? Who does the illustrations and how does that work? Finally, the instructor will share some details about the writing and publishing of her award-winning picture book, Charlotte and the Quiet Place. There will be time for Q&A.

Aspiring picture-book writers will leave with practical information and resources for how to get started with confidence and clarity.

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Scholarship Information

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.

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Deborah Sosin
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "High-Energy Class"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Study Published Writing
  • Craft Lessons
  • Inspiration
  • Lecture
  • Q&A
  • Class Discussion


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