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Writing Children’s Literature: Picture Books

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Course Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 9 weeks
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost : $779

Next Start Date:

March 31, 2021

This course is part of a certificate program. You can also take it without enrolling in the program.

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About this Course


There is special magic in picture books. These works touch both the child experiencing story and the reader who shares it with them. Picture books are an art that’s designed to be read aloud — essentially, to be performed. 

A picture book may be short, but it’s one of the most complicated formats to create, using a limited number of words and artfully blending text and illustration. In this course, we’ll explore this form through fiction and nonfiction work of all kinds. You’ll learn about myths and misconceptions, examine the structure of story, and discover how to keep your audience delighted through many repeated readings.

Designed For

Those interested in writing picture books for children. (No illustration ability required.)

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What You’ll Learn

  • Elements of craft critical to the creation of a picture book
  • Techniques to discover and develop story ideas
  • Dummy creation for picture book drafts
  • Methods for revising your work
  • Ways to shape and strengthen your narrative voice

Get Hands-On Experience

You’ll develop a draft of a picture book.

Program Overview

To earn the Certificate in Writing, you need to complete three courses in two years or less.

 

You should register for all courses individually; there is no application process for the certificate program.

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »

Course Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Online

Meet your instructor

Jolie Stekly

Writer, Teacher, Coach

NONCREDIT COURSE

You'll earn 3 continuing education units (CEUs) for successfully completing this course. Learn more about noncredit courses.

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