Picture Book Writing


12 hours







Next Intake

17 November


While the emphasis is on the development of short story and novel writing, you will also examine the fundamentals of writing a story across a broad range of genres and styles.

Course content

  • Marketplace overview
  • Writing picture books
  • Story structure
  • The role of illustration
  • Developing simple, strong ideas
  • Characters, language and plot
  • How to prepare and submit manuscripts to a publishing house


How to enrol

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Basic computer skills are essential such as the ability to use the internet and file storage networks.

Materials supplied

All relevant course materials will be provided online.

Materials to bring

A computer equipped with a microphone and camera. Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking.

Suited to

The course is geared to those wanting to be published. It targets writers wanting to extend their repertoire into the field of children's books, those looking for guidance to hone their work for submission to a publishing house, and those simply interested in writing for children but don't really know what is involved or what avenues are available. It is suitable for those already with writing experience, and beginners.


On completion of this introductory course, students will have learnt about the various opportunities for writing picture books and how to develop your writing skills. Students will also gain deeper understanding of and an appreciation for the complexities of children’s writing and how to bring your work to a professional finished level.

Judith Rossell facilitator Picture Book Writing

Facilitator: Judith Rossell

Judith Rossell is the multi award winning author-illustrator of the bestselling Stella Montgomery series. (Withering-by-Sea, Wormwood Mire and Wakestone Hall). Judith has written fifteen books and illustrated more than eighty, including the recent picture books Bogtrotter and Pink! both written by Margaret Wild. Her work has been published in the US and UK, and translated into more than twenty languages.

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