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SOLD OUT: Introduction to Creating Picture Books

Online course for adults
26 April to 5 July 2023
Wednesdays, 19:00 – 21:00

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

On this course for beginners, you’ll learn how to write stories with convincing characters, experiment with watercolour techniques and explore narrative structure and writing styles. You’ll learn about the book publishing market and get valuable advice on how to get published.

Pencil sketch of people walking in the rain
Pencil sketch of adult giving a child a piggy back

By the end of the course you will have created compelling colour characters in settings and a storyboard in pencil which can be made into a dummy book to be presented to publishers.

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.

What people say
“This was truly a fantastic experience”

“Claire is a wonderful tutor. I was a bit worried that I would feel out of my depth as I haven't studied art or worked in a creative field, but she was very encouraging and supportive.”

“Claire is an amazing teacher and her knowledge is outstanding.”

Picture book spread featuring a child eagerly looking at a snowy scene outside his bedroom window

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