7-week picture book course with Clare Helen Welsh

Clare Helen Welsh, author of both fiction and non-fiction picture book texts, will lead this 7 week course, taking you from concept to creation.

Write a picture book in 7 weeks

The course outline is below, and each week will focus on a different aspect of picture book writing. Clare will provide notes on these areas at the start of each week to give you an opportunity to fine tune your own work, and receive tutor and peer review.

Feedback from a literary agent

In the final week, Clare will be joined by Bell Lomax Moreton literary agent, Lorna Hemingway, to discuss picture books submissions. Plus, you’ll get some feedback from Lorna on your picture book text to ensure it’s in the best possible shape before being sent out to agents.

Course summary

Start date: Monday 9th January to 20th February 2023 

Time: 8pm-9pm (GMT)

Duration: 7 weeks

Platform: Slack

Tutor: Clare Helen Welsh

Course coordinator: Florianne Humphrey (florianne@write-mentor.com)

Cost: £144.00

Frequency: Once a week


Course outline


WEEK ONE: INTRODUCTION 

Join a video chat with Clare and fellow students to introduce one another and ask any initial questions about writing and publishing. 

WEEK TWO: CREATING A CRACKING CONCEPT

There is no such thing as a bad idea. A standout picture book is more about the ‘way in’ than the actual subject. With that in mind, find out how to make your picture book concepts stronger and more marketable. 

WEEK THREE: PLOTTING LIKE A PRO

Learn how to plot a picture book idea into 12 spreads and the rules of picture book structure.

WEEK FOUR: THE POWER OF VOICE

You’ve got a knockout concept and rough idea of how the story will pan out.  Now to put the meat on the bones; learn about creating characters, leaving room for illustrations, effective word play and techniques to keep the pace across spreads.

WEEKS FIVE AND SIX: ‘PICTURE BOOK SOS’ PEER REVIEW

Become critique partners for the week by swapping manuscripts and helping improve each others work. 

WEEK SEVEN: EDITING: WHEN IS ENOUGH, ENOUGH?

Discuss the previous week’s critiques and look at how to edit your manuscripts ready for submission with guest agent Lorna Hemingway.


Meet the course leader


Clare Helen Welsh, author
Clare Helen Welsh, author


Clare is a children’s writer and primary school teacher from Devon. She writes fiction and non-fiction picture book texts – sometimes funny and sometimes lyrical. Her first book was published in 2015 and she currently has books in development with Little Tiger Press, Quarto, Andersen, Nosy Crow and MacMillan. She also writes for the Maverick Early Readers scheme.

Twitter: @ClareHelenWelsh


Meet the guest agent


Lorna Hemingway, Bell Lomax Moreton
Lorna Hemingway, Bell Lomax Moreton


Lorna Hemingway joined Bell Lomax Moreton in 2019 and is now one of the agency assistants; she runs the social media channels and creates bespoke assets for our clients and publishers.

Lorna is searching for picture books that have heart at the core of their foundation that then stay with her for a long time after reading; narratives that subvert classic hooks (e.g. bedtime, new home, friendship) and tell them in a fresh new way and characters that exude warmth and familiarity. She also has a weakness for all things colourful, bold, and shiny!

Lorna is particularly interested in hearing from LGBTQIA+ authors and illustrators as well as other submissions from diverse and marginalised individuals who are currently underrepresented in the industry.

Twitter: @HemingwayLorna


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