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Writing Picture Books for Young Children – 12-month

• Twelve months of support as you hone your talents as a picture book writer
• Workshops, one2ones and online support
• A community of like-minded writers and dedicated editors

Introduction

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. 

Next course:  September 2024

Application deadline: 21st July 2024 (midnight GMT)

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 one page of A4) telling us a little about you

Please submit your work as Word documents.

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: September 2024

Application deadline: 21st July 2024

You will be contacted in August 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 £1800.00 which can be paid in one lump sum or with a deposit of £300.00 then 12 payments of £125.00 with no additional interest or cost.

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. The course includes:

  • one full-day writing workshop, and two half-day writing workshops conducted online (held at the weekend or during the week)
  • two presentations and Q&A sessions with the picture book editorial team at Andersen Press
  • editor-led live lessons (hosted on a weekday evening)
  • interactive Facebook group
  • twenty-four interactive workbooks with videos, information slides & exercises
  • three one-hour one2ones with your Golden Egg Industry Editor (includes one hour of editor prep prior to each one2one).
  • future option to have your final portfolio submitted to our First Look publishing partner for those students who reach submission standard by the end of the course or after a further review within 3 months of the course end date. This option is selective, and completion of the course does not guarantee submission to our First Look partner. 

Throughout the course, you will be writing new stories as well as honing your work-in-progress stories.

TERM ONE: Creating Picture Book Characters and Stories

Term one looks at:

  • the picture book publishing landscape
  • the child’s world view 
  • creating convincing picture book characters
  • the strength and communicability of your story ideas.

You will work on analysing your stories and published picture books in terms of:

  • concept 
  • narratorial focus
  • characterisation
  • writing style, tone and voice
  • emotional impact
  • relationship between text and illustrations.

Term structure:

  • one, five-hour online writing workshop (held at the weekend or during the week) 
  • editor-led live lessons (hosted on a weekday evening)
  • eight interactive workbooks with videos, information slides & exercises
  • a one-hour one2one with your Golden Egg Editor examining 3-4 of your picture books stories.

TERM TWO: Structure, Shape and Style

Term two looks at:

  • different ways to structure your picture book stories
  • strategies for developing your main storyline
  • writing style, including writing in rhyme  
  • the visual narrative in picture book storytelling

You will work on analysing your stories and published picture books to identify and strengthen:

  • their structure, and narrative and character arcs
  • your picture book writing style
  • your story pitches.

Term structure:

  • one, three-hour online writing workshop (held at the weekend or during the week) 
  • one online interactive presentation and Q&A with a picture book publisher
  • editor-led live lessons (hosted on a weekday evening)
  • eight interactive workbooks with videos, information slides & exercises
  • a one-hour one2one with your Golden Egg Editor examining 3-4 of your picture book stories.

TERM THREE: Hone Your Portfolio

Term three looks at:

Ways to use humour and playful writing in your storytelling:

    • the role of the author in the process of creating a picture book;
    • the picture book as a performance and bringing your stories to life at events.

You will also develop your understanding of:

  • the children’s picture book market 
  • the submissions process and how to pitch your work to an agent or publisher
  • working with a publisher and the creative process after a picture book is commissioned.

Term Structure:

  • one, three-hour online workshop (held at the weekend or during the week)
  • one online interactive presentation and Q&A with a picture book publisher
  • editor-led live lessons (hosted on a weekday evening)
  • eight interactive workbooks with videos, information slides & exercises
  • a one-hour one2one with your Golden Egg Editor examining 3-4 of your picture book stories and recommending your next steps within Golden Egg or the industry.

SUCCESS STORIES

Graduates from our Writing Picture Books for Young Children have gone on to sign publishing deals with Andersen Press, Penguin Random House, Nosy Crow, Little Tiger, and Barefoot Books, amongst others. Numerous writers have also signed contracts with literary agents such as The Catchpole Agency and Peters, Fraser & Dunlop, to name a few. Click here to learn more about Golden Egg Academy success stories.

FAQs

Please click here to see all Frequently Asked Questions about our picture book courses. If you have any questions that haven’t been answered please get in contact with [email protected]

The total cost is £1800.00 which can be paid in one lump sum or with a deposit of £300.00 then 12 payments of £125.00 with no additional interest or cost.


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