Writing Picture Books for Young Children – 1 year


Writing Picture Books for Young Children will suit talented applicants at all levels, from those completing their first story drafts to those who have gained an MA in Creative Writing.

With a strong industry focus, we examine the craft of picture book storytelling in depth, including modules on character, structure, developing your storyline, visual narrative, writing style and voice, and meeting the needs of the young child audience in today’s market. 

Course start date: 21st January 2023 

Application deadline: Monday 31st October 2022

Jo Collins

Course Overview

Through our carefully structured course, we analyse the core elements needed to create successful picture books and help you develop the necessary skills to succeed in this important and highly competitive sector of the children’s book market. 

Our goal is to help you prepare a portfolio of between three and four submission-ready manuscripts and to give you advice on how to develop your career as a picture book writer.

Our Writing Picture Books for Young Children course is run over three, nine-week long terms. Each course includes:

  • three, full-day workshops, conducted online (held at the weekend)
  • editor-led live sessions (hosted on a weekday evening)
  • interactive Facebook group
  • twenty-four interactive workbooks with videos, information slides & exercises
  • three one-hour one2ones; two with your primary Golden Egg Industry Editor, one with your secondary Golden Egg Industry Editor. This means that you will benefit from the input of two editorial viewpoints, (includes one hour of editor prep prior to each one2one).
  • option to have your final portfolio submitted to our First Look Deal for those students who reach submission standard by the end of the course or after a further review within three months of the course end date. This option is selective, and completion of the course does not guarantee submission to our First Look partner.

Application Requirements

To apply, please email the following documents to [email protected], marking the subject line as ‘picture book application’:

  • between one and three of your picture book manuscripts (each no more than 1000 words)
  • a covering letter (no more than 500 words) telling us a little about you

Please submit your work as Word documents. No illustrations are required with the submission. 

All UK and international applications and course queries to Jo Collins at [email protected]. Please mark the subject line as ‘picture book course query’

*All workshops and online sessions will be run on GMT or GMT+1. 

Course start date: 21st January 2023 

Application deadline: Monday 31st October 2022

You will be contacted in November to let you know the outcome of your application.

NB: We do our utmost to ensure dates do not change from those stated prior to the course start date. However, on the rare occasion this happens, students will be given as much notice as possible.

The total cost is £1650 and can be paid in installments of £112.50 per month plus a deposit of £300.

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