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Introduction to Creating Picture Books (Lunchtimes)

Online course for adults
17 April – 26 June 2024
Wednesdays, 12:00 – 14:00 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 in a park, there are a group of adults and a child in a pram in the background.
© 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.

Two sheets of paper with pencil illustrations of work in progress drawings.
An illustration of a person with a child in their arms, they are by a window and its is raining outside. A dog is looking out of the window.

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

Thankful for a course like this as I can do this alongside my career whilst making the dream happen.”

“Claire is a great tutor - giving honest feedback and sharing a lot of really valuable insight.”

“I got enough time and space to develop my ideas, in a supportive environment. My skills definitely improved”

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