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Hello all,
I am keen to do an online writing course for PBs. A quick google search has turned up a few options. I wondered if any of you have any experience of omine courses. I am based in the UK but, as it is online, I'm not sure if geography matters.

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#1 - August 09, 2015, 05:26 AM

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I don't write PBs, but I have a long list of online workshops on my blog and you may find one there that suits your needs: http://vonnacarter.com/wordpress/online-workshops/
#2 - August 09, 2015, 06:05 AM
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Here's one at Writer's Digest: https://www.writersonlineworkshops.com/courses/writing-the-picture-book

They often have cheaper ones pop up. And often there's a chance for a crit with the agent or editor who is teaching. Try to find one with an agent or editor that you're interested in.

I don't know if they're all good but I did do one of them years ago (taught by a kidlit agent who has since left the business) and it was excellent. I think it was about $80.
#3 - August 09, 2015, 06:59 AM
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NED THE KNITTING PIRATE, GRIMELDA series,
CITY SHAPES, DORIS THE BOOKASAURUS, ONE SNOWY DAY, PIZZA PIG, and more...
http://www.dianamurray.com

Vonna, what an amazing list!
#4 - August 09, 2015, 07:29 AM
NED THE KNITTING PIRATE, GRIMELDA series,
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I like Jodell Sadle's Pacing Workshops.
#5 - August 09, 2015, 07:29 AM
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Susanna Hill's Making Picture Book Magic - http://www.susannahill.com/MAKING_PICTURE_BOOK_MAGIC.html
Jodell Sadler's Pacing Picture Books to WOW - http://www.kidlitcollege.com/store/p1/Pacing_Picture_Books_to_WOW%21.html
Kristen Fulton's Nonfiction Archaeology - Non-fiction PB - http://www.nonfictionarchaeology.com/class-description.html
Kidlit Writing Character Building in PB - http://www.kidlitwritingschool.com/picture-book-a-to-zs-character-building.html
Kidlit Writing Plotting in PB - http://www.kidlitwritingschool.com/picture-book-a-to-zs--plotting.html

I have been writing picture books for the past four years and have taken a number of classes. My favorite beginner class is Susanna's MPBM class, very affordable and lots of interaction with the instructor. Jodell's class is good since you will notice things you may not have noticed before. I am taking the Archaeology class and Character Building this Fall. I have heard great things about both from other writers.

Good Luck!
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Aargh! Decisions decisions...well, I did ask. Thank you all for your replies.
#7 - August 09, 2015, 03:11 PM

Another event I just found out about: http://picturebooksummit.com
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I just finished a course in June taught by Terry Pierce, Introduction to Writing Picture Books (On-line) offered as part of the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program: Writing for the Youth Market. I found it to be an excellent course--start to finish!
#9 - August 10, 2015, 01:30 PM

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I like Jodell Sadle's Pacing Workshops.

Hi Lill, I like the look of The course you mentioned. I was reading the details and it said that after 4 weeks you would have a submission-ready manuscript after 4 weeks. That's a big claim! Was it true for you? This is not something I am necessarily expecting or looking for but I am very curious!
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Another event I just found out about: http://picturebooksummit.com

DianaM, I have signed up for this but, as it is a one day only thing, i still want to follow a course. Tbh I would love to do them all!
#11 - August 10, 2015, 03:57 PM

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I just finished a course in June taught by Terry Pierce, Introduction to Writing Picture Books (On-line) offered as part of the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program: Writing for the Youth Market. I found it to be an excellent course--start to finish!

That does look very comprehensive. Thank you for the suggestion. It does seem a little more expensive than the others but then it is six weeks rather than the average 4. Did you receive a lot of one to one feedback?
#12 - August 10, 2015, 03:59 PM

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Bruna-deluca: I took Jodell's class in Oct 2014. At that time Jodell did critique 1-2 times for each student, while her insight is invaluable you may or may not have a submission-ready piece at the end of the course. It is entirely dependent upon how far along you are in your writing. The critiques were done live via webinar back then.
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Hi Lill, I like the look of The course you mentioned. I was reading the details and it said that after 4 weeks you would have a submission-ready manuscript after 4 weeks. That's a big claim! Was it true for you? This is not something I am necessarily expecting or looking for but I am very curious!

Hmmm, that is a big claim. I think that varies by person and what shape the manuscript was in from the beginning.  I think if you have the chops and can apply the lessons -- it's very much possible.

I started the class with some manuscripts that were already polished and one had been submitted a few times -- so I was ahead of the game. I'm also not a beginner.

The course includes weekly online critique sessions, which are great. I think you are given the tools and support to get your picture book up to submission quality in four weeks -- -but whether it actually is -- is up to you.
#14 - August 11, 2015, 08:17 AM
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Thanks Lill, that makes sense. I'm in the UK.  Are the online critiques live?
#15 - August 11, 2015, 09:46 AM

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Yes. They are live. Generally on Sunday afternoons at 7pm Central (US) time. There is also room for comments on the individual lessons. People also upload their manuscripts before the Sunday critique session, and people comment.

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Thank you all for the information! Hugs! :)
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