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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

The ABCs of Writing and Publishing a Picture Book

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  • $75.00 Non-Member
  • $65.00 Member

Class Description

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 Watercress, The 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.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

Scholarships Format/Location

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 detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!