On Writing | The Children's Picture Book
Our current publisher and debut author, B. D. Harris, explores how to research, write, and publish a children's picture book in a 3-month (12-week) long online course.
Modules in the Children's Picture Book Course:
Week 1: The History of the Children's Picture Book
In this module, we recommend reading by Maurice Sendak, Dr Seuss, and Oliver Jeffers on the process of and reasons for writing children's picture books. We also read the works of some of these authors and discuss how and why they were so successful in this medium, and explore the history of the picture book.
Week 2: The Complexity of Writing for Children
In this module, we explore the complex nature of writing simple stories for children. Just for kicks and giggles, we even dive into some psychology readings on children and their level of understanding complex topics in picture books. We then begin to look into the character's journey, and set up for the following week's module on character arc development.
Week 3: Character Arc Development
In this module, we recommend reading by Maurice Sendak, and cover the definition of a character arc. We then move into a detailed look of the character's journey, particularly in a children's picture book, and set about creating two character sketches.
Week 4: Story Arc Development
In this module, we recommend reading by B. D. Harris, and cover the definition of a story arc. We then move into a detailed look of the general structure of a plot and story arc, particularly in a children's picture book, and set about developing your own story arc.
Week 5-9: Children's Picture Book Assignment
In this module, we get to the real meat of the course and Harris guides you in developing an original children's picture book manuscript over 5 weeks.
Week 10-11: Editing the Manuscript
In this module, we review your manuscript in detail and investigate various editing techniques. The manuscript goes through two draft forms, before we arrive at a final draft.
Week 12: Publishing Children's Books
In this module, we aim to end with a final draft of your children's picture book, ready for publication. We explore what publishing children's literature means, the details of submitting your work to a publishing house or a literary agent, what you can expect after you submit, and touch on the self-publishing process too.