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Title: picture book classes
Post by: k-yee on May 04, 2021, 05:44 PM
Hi,
I've been researching picture book classes online but would love to hear directly from folks about what courses they preferred.

Some of the ones I've heard about are Susanna Hill Leonard; Storyteller Academy; Anastasia Suen; and Gotham Writers Workshop (but they seem to teach children's writing in general, not picture books).

I'm hoping for a class that takes maybe a month or less (not a semester-long course) that can help me starting from the basics.  I'm not particularly interested in finding an agent/publisher.

Thank you in advance for any feedback!
Title: Re: picture book classes
Post by: cabbi-charles on May 05, 2021, 03:17 AM
Hi, There are a few children's book courses at citylit.ac.uk, either focused on illustration or writing.  Last I saw they were still running them online.  I would recommend the Picture Book Writing course  (6 weeks) with Andrew Weale.  Really enjoyed it, lots of writing prompts and examples etc
Title: Re: picture book classes
Post by: dkshumaker on May 05, 2021, 05:29 AM
The Writing Barn offers online courses. Lisa Katzenberger, published author of two picture books, is teaching a class for six weeks/six sessions starting in June. I've not taken her class but she is a good friend and I'm assuming a great teacher. But there are other PB classes there as well. I've taken several one session webinars through the Writing Barn and they were fantastic, so I'm assuming a six session class would be fantastic as well.

Here is a link:
https://www.thewritingbarn.com/upcoming-classes/

I have also heard good things about both Susanna Hill Leonard's classes and Storyteller Academy. But I do not have personal experience with them.
Title: Re: picture book classes
Post by: Jessica Miller on May 05, 2021, 06:01 AM
I've taken Gotham's Children's Book Writing I and II (online) and they were both very good - I learned a ton and got helpful feedback from the instructor and fellow students. I am currently taking a Picture Book revision course through GrubStreet (online). I'm only two weeks in (out of 8 weeks), so too early to give my review on the course! They also offer an intro to Picture Book writing course. Good luck!
Title: Re: picture book classes
Post by: jeremy-ross1 on May 05, 2021, 12:10 PM
Hi K-Yee, For illustrating picturebooks, I find SVS a great resource. They also offer a free trial. Will, Jake and Lee are all professional PB illustrators and have a hilarious podcast too.

https://www.svslearn.com/
Title: Re: picture book classes
Post by: HaroldU on May 05, 2021, 01:55 PM
Excellent suggestions so far!

As a different option, I suggest Ann Whitford Paul's Writing Picture Books (https://www.underdown.org/writing-picture-books-review.htm), which is like a picture book writing course in a book (the link takes you to my detailed review of it).

Also, I don't know what's at the Highlights Foundation right now, but you should check there too. They offer a number of picture book courses and workshops over the course of the year.
Title: Re: picture book classes
Post by: matthew-lewis on May 10, 2021, 02:02 AM
Gidday  K-Yee, My name is Matt B Lewis, I have written and / or illustrated over 20 picture books.  I have created 2 online courses for writing and illustrating picture books.  Please feel free to chek them out and see f they fit your needs.

https://howtowritepicturebook.geckotales.com.au
https://howtoillustratepicturebook.geckotales.com.au/

hope this helps.
Cheers Matt B
Title: Re: picture book classes
Post by: k-yee on May 31, 2021, 05:11 PM
THANK YOU everyone, for all your feedback and all the great suggestions.  I'm following up on them!

@HaroldU - I've just purchased the book - it seems like a very good starting point (and cheap, too!).


Title: Re: picture book classes
Post by: HDWestlund on June 02, 2021, 05:59 PM
I've been taking some classes on Domestika lately to hone some of my art skills (especially the "what do I do to digitally improve this" side), and while some classes are definitely better than others, I found a LOT of value in Catarina Sobral's Experimental Techniques for Picture Books. She gave me a really good understanding of how text and image interplay and the kinds of things to think about as I'm building a story. I'd even recommend it to people who are "just" writing text, because it really opened my eyes to how picture books function. https://www.domestika.org/en/courses/1978-experimental-techniques-for-picturebooks/course
Title: Re: picture book classes
Post by: nancy-salus on June 28, 2021, 07:04 AM
Hi K-yee,
I am very excited about taking a picture book class taught by Nina Rycroft. I've taken her classes on Skillshare. It's for illustrators but i think may help writers too. I'm both, so that's why I am interested. xo