Picture Book Programme

A one-year programme for writers and aspiring writers who want to master the art of writing picture books for children aged 2 – 8.

‘Tessa and Jo pushed open a door I had been pulling for a decade. Should you do this course? Yes, yes, yes a thousand times yes!’

Sarah Tagholm, Picture Book Graduate and debut author


September 2021 – August 2022 now full

The one-year GEA Picture Book Programme has been created to help emergent writers hone their talents and develop the necessary skills to succeed in this important sector of the children’s market. Published writers who want to further develop their writing style are also welcome to apply.

Run by our industry editors the Picture Book Programme comprises:

  • three carefully structured one-day group workshops
  • regular evening webinars with reading recommendations and writing advice
  • three one2one editorial surgery sessions
  • a Picture Book Programme manual including course information and editorial notes
  • membership of the Golden Egg private Facebook forums
  • priority booking for all Golden Egg social events where you can network with publishers, industry agents and published authors
  • regular Q&A forum
  • monthly newsletter with industry and Golden Egg updates
  • a Picture Book Programme certificate of completion

All workshops and one2ones are hosted via Zoom or Skype.

If you are applying to become an Academy Member, please go to ‘How to Apply to learn about entry requirements and make your submission.

Once you have been accepted for the Picture Book Programme, you will be introduced to your editor and join the Golden Egg Academy’s community of writers and editors. You are also warmly invited to come along to the Golden Egg Academy social events.

Picture Book Programme graduates and published writers are welcome to book ‘off the peg’ picture book surgeries and further mentoring support as agreed with their editors on a case-by-case basis.

First Look Deal with Klaus Flugge

We cater for writers who wish to submit their work to agents and publishers. The Golden Egg Picture Book Programme works closely with Klaus Flugge at Andersen Press, with whom we have a First Look Deal. Our team also has strong links with other picture book publishers.

First Look Deal with Peters, Fraser + Dunlop

Peters Fraser + Dunlop is one of the longest-established literary and talent agencies in London. Tessa Strickland has brokered a First Look Deal for all Picture Book Graduates. Please see our Ts&Cs for further information about Golden Egg First Look Deals.


Picture Book Programme Pricing:
Picture Book Plan, one-year programme @ £100 per month over 12 months (plus initial deposit of £295)

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