Learn to make picture books!
If you have ever wanted to create a picture
book, this is the class for you! Join editor
Noa Wheeler and author/illustrator Liz Starin for an 8-week intensive to hone your skills and get your creative juices flowing. Class includes writing assignments, workshopping, and discussion of the history and current state of the picture book market. Both writers and illustrators are welcome!
is a writer, illustrator and software developer. She studied illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Hochschule fuer Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig, Germany. Her books include Roar!
written by Tammi Sauer (2015, Simon & Schuster / Paula Wiseman Books) and Splashdance
(2016, Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Before turning to the creative side of children's books, Liz was a book reviewer for Junior Library Guild. She lives with two cats, three musicians, and thousands of books in Brooklyn, New York.
was on the editorial staff at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers (Macmillan Children's Publishing Group) for ten years. She is the editor of many highly acclaimed books for children and teens, including the New York Times bestselling Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo and How It Went Down
by Kekla Magoon (a Coretta Scott King Honor book), as well as Flutter and Hum/Aleteo y Zumbido
by Julie Paschkis, Woodpecker Wham!
by April Pulley Sayre, Arctic White
by Danna Smith, and many others. She also lives with two cats and thousands of books (but no musicians) in Brooklyn, New York.
apply, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the subject line "picture book class" that includes your name and responses to the following:
- Why are you interested in this class?
- Has your work been published? If so, please list publication information. Don't worry if you aren't published yet! We're just trying to get a sense of your creative experience.
- Do you have an online portfolio or website that showcases your illustration or writing? If so, please include the link.
- Please submit a writing sample (1 picture book ms or 5 pages of creative work for any age) OR 2-3 illustration samples (jpg, tif, etc). You're welcome to send both writing and artwork.
- I'm not an illustrator, just a writer. Is that okay?
- I'm not a writer, just an illustrator. Is that okay?
- Yes! If you are primarily an illustrator, workshop sessions will concentrate on your art. But we hope you will try writing, too!
- Will there be homework?
- There will be creative prompts and some occasional readings.
Other questions? Get in touch!