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Planning a Non-Fiction Picture Book

Online course for adults
12 January – 22 March 2024
Fridays, 10:00-12:00 UK Time GMT

There is no class on 16 February

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This in-depth intermediate level course will support you to create your non-fiction book, with guidance from award-winning illustrator Owen Davey. You will learn how to research effectively and plan your pages, while developing your unique way of creating images. You will get valuable insight into how to take your book to the next level by presenting it to publishers.

Our small class size of no more than 16 students will ensure that you receive personalised feedback from Owen in a relaxed and friendly learning environment. By the end of ten weeks, you will have a plan for your book, some finished spreads and the knowledge you need to take it forward.

A bold illustrated pattern featuring an array of animals and birds including toucans, monkeys, turtles, bats and others. In the center, we can see the words 'Jersey Zoo' in a clean sans serif font.
Jersey Zoo © Owen Davey

About Owen

Owen Davey is an award-winning illustrator who has worked with clients including Lego, WWF and National Geographic. He is the lead illustrator on the award-winning app Two Dots. His picture books have been published in over 17 languages. His Fanatical About Books was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards and longlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal in 2020.

Vibrant illustrations of a variety of insects against a bright yellow backdrop
Please Don't Bite Me © Owen Davey

What people say

“Owen is wonderful at building trust and comfort in a group and he is extremely generous with information about his process and the business of illustration.”

“Owen gave valuable thought provoking feedback which challenged me to improve and develop.”

“A good balance between lecture-style content, feedback and time to work on our own projects with Owen there as a guide”

“There are not many courses like this around.”

“I've made quite a big leap forward in understanding where I am going!”

“I learnt a lot, Owen had a very nice, supportive and friendly approach and it was very interesting to follow everybody else's processes as well”

An illustrated page design with a short paragraph of text titled 'Bloodthirsty Females'. The spread includes a graphic illustration of winged insects on a large pink and orange flower against a lush forest green background
Illustration of a blue space shuttle flying through space.

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