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Introduction to Creating Picture Books (Evenings)

Online course for adults
17 April – 26 June 2024
Wednesdays, 19:00 – 21:00 BST

There is no class on 29 May.

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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.

An illustration of three children splashing in puddles with a dog.
© Illustrated by Claire Alexander from Puddling! by Emma Perry

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.

Can't do evenings? Book the lunchtime class.

Two sheets of paper with pencil illustrations of work in progress drawings.
An illustration of an outside of a building with a staircase. There is an adult with a child and a child in a pram going through a gate. There is an adult with a dog and a children walking down the stairs. And adult is coming out of a door in the building with a child on their shoulders.

About Claire

Claire Alexander is an award-winning author and illustrator with more than 20 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 about this course

Loved every single week. I really stepped out of my comfort zone but learned so much on this course.”

“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.”

“This was truly a fantastic experience”

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