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SOLD OUT: Developing Picture Books

Online course for adults
20 September to 29 November 2023
Wednesdays, 19:00 – 21:00 BST until end of October, then GMT

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Learn how to develop contemporary children’s picture books with market appeal with guidance from award-winning author and illustrator Claire Alexander.

On this intermediate-level course, you will build your written and illustrative portfolio in a friendly, supportive group environment.

Designed for anyone who has completed Introduction to Creating Picture Books, you’ll learn more about the book publishing market and create an action plan for submitting work to publishers and agents.

Picture book spread featuring a child eagerly looking at a snowy scene outside his bedroom window
Illustration of a sweet elephant sneezing with its trunk extended as a little boy looking on.

Practical sessions will help you to sharpen your story writing and editing skills, identify your own illustration style strengths and experiment with new painting techniques and colour palettes.

By the end of the course you will have developed your own compelling story, characters and storyboard ready to turn into a dummy book for submissions.

Our small class size of no more than 12 students will ensure that you receive personalised feedback and group support in a relaxed and friendly learning environment.

About Claire
Claire Alexander is an award-winning author and illustrator with more than 15 years’ experience creating picture books and teaching. Her recent books include The Think-Ups! and the third book in the ‘Ploofer’ series A Little Bit of Respect. Recent collaborations include illustrations for Emma Perry’s Puddling, and Sean Taylor’s Humperdink Our Elephant Friend and The Snowbear.

Photograph of a colour wheel with a watercolour palette

What people say

“Claire was a very professional and engaging teacher. She gave honest feedback and real ways to improve our work while sharing knowledge about children's illustration that I had never heard before.”

“Well thought out and clear as well as enjoyable”

“Packed with content”

This course is now sold out. If you'd like to be notified when it runs again, email