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Introduction to Creating Picture Books

Online course for adults
10 January – 20 March 2024 (there is no class on 14 February)
Wednesdays, 19:00 – 21:00 GMT

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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.

Illustration of twelve elephants.
Elephant Character Studies © 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.

Illustration of a child making a splash by jumping into a puddle.
Puddling by Emma Perry © Claire Alexander

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.

Illustration of a storyboard
Humperdink Storyboard © Claire Alexander

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 previous students say about Claire Alexander's courses

“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.”

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

“being in a small group … along with tutor feedback really helped me to keep on track and develop … a storyboard that I am proud of”

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