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

Picture Book Intensive

No Longer Enrolling

  • $275.00 Non-Member
  • $260.00 Member

Class Description

Do you have great idea for a picture book but have never written for this market? Or maybe you’re well on your way, but your result seems more like a short story? Either way, this course will help you whip that picture book manuscript into shape. During the five days of class, we will cover the essentials of picture book writing including format and storyboarding; language and rhythm; character and emotion arc; tension and plot. We will read from a range of recently published picture books, pick apart the texts as writers while examining the interplay of text and pictures, then apply these lessons to our own picture book manuscript projects.

The course will include substantial in-class writing time and an optional homework assignment every evening and will culminate in a workshop session for class feedback on manuscripts. Picture book writing is one of the most challenging types of writing, but you will end this course with a new set of tools to navigate your way.

Did you know that we have scholarships available for all GrubStreet classes? To apply, click the "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button in the top right corner of this page. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your scholarship application and await our Scholarship Committee's decision before registering for the class. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

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!