Children's Book Writing and Illustrating

Complete a picture book ready to send to publishers

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$550 $525 for AvantGuild Members
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  • Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm ET, 8 sessions full schedule

The best children's books are as poetic, exciting, funny, and poignant as any work of adult literature.

In this class, you'll develop a children's book from an initial concept to a dummy ready to submit to publishers. Through writing assignments, you'll focus your ideas and build your story. You'll also create an illustration portfolio ready to present to art directors. The entire process of creating a children's book will be explored, including writing a first draft, making sketches and character studies, editing, and creating finished artwork and dummies. We'll also discuss how to approach publishers.

This class is designed for writers and/or illustrators. Applicants need not be skilled in both areas.

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Turn your ideas into a finished manuscript
  • Go from sketches and character studies to finished artwork
  • Create pacing and flow
  • Create a finished dummy to submit to publishers and an illustration portfolio to submit to art directors
  • Approach publishers

By the end of class, you will have:

A complete dummy of a children's book ready to send to publishers.

hurry, only 4 spots left!

Jacquie Hann is the author and illustrator of children's books including That Man Is Talking To His Toes, Up Day Down Day (a Junior Literary Guild Selection), and Kick Block Punch. Her work has been widely distributed and published with foreign translations and her illustrations have appeared in Good Housekeeping, Humpty Dumpty, Children's Digest, and Scholastic magazines. Jacquie studied at the School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design, where she taught how to write and illustrate children's books for many years.

  • "Jacquie was AWESOME! What a great learning experience! The class was enriching both personally and professionally. Jaquie and my classmates gave me candid advise on how to improve my story."

    Widad Franco

  • "Jacquie is warm, encouraging, and knowledgeable. She provided a ton of different writing and illustrating assignments and offered many editing suggestions."

    Melita Garza

  • "Jacquie is a true professional who invests herself in each student. She genuinely wants everybody to succeed and guides them on a path that makes it possible."

    Chad Wallace

  • "Jacquie gives every student her full attention regardless of their experience. I am fortunate to have had her instruction and guidance."

    Holly Robinson

  • "Jacquie is an incredible resource. I recommend this course to anyone looking to turn their book idea into a reality. Coming out of her class, I can't help but feel optimistic about my prospects."

    Darragh Worland

  • "This class was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Jacquie was so down to earth and kind. I've never enjoyed a class this much and I didn't want it to end!"

    Danielle Correa

  • "Jacquie teaches with passion and recognizes the qualities and levels each student is at. She has a great sense of humor and excellent listening skills. Her background as a college teacher, experienced writer, and illustrator are attributes that work well. I could not recommend her more highly for future courses."

    Dennis Magid

  • "Jacquie is very knowledgeable, confident and enthusiastic. She brings both her love of and seriousness about the industry to class, and infuses her students with those qualities. I consider myself a better critiquer of work, and in turn, a better writer. Jacquie is great!"

    Annie Moor