6-week rhyming picture book course with Catherine Emmett
Combine flawless rhyme with a strong plot
The course is aimed at picture book writers who are beginning their journey into rhyme. Learn about the unique features of picture books, explaining what is needed for a great concept, and how to combine flawless rhyme with a strong plot.
Taking your picture book from idea to manuscript
Catherine will deliver an interactive workshop each week on rhyming picture books and set homework to help you take your picture book from conception to polished manuscript.
Along the way Catherine will encourage you to post your work for tutor and peer review to help improve your writing.
WEEK ONE: What picture book are you writing?
Introduction to the course and exploration of what rhyming picture book you are writing. Find out whether you have an original concept, discover the core of your story, and decide where your book would sit in the market.
Week TWO: Metre
What is metre and why is it important? Learn what stressed syllables are and examine common metre patterns to ensure that you have a picture book text that rolls off the tongue.
Week THREE: Rhyme
What makes a beautiful rhyming story? Learn all about the Rules of Rhyme and how to make your picture book sing.
Week FOUR: Plot
Discover the traditional three-act story structure and how it applies to rhyming picture books. Understand what to include in your beginning, your middle and your ending.
Week FIVE: Layout
Learn about the importance of picture book layout and how your story should interact with the illustrations. At the end of this week each group member will be paired up with another member to critique each other’s work.
Week SIX: Critique Week
Discuss the previous week’s critiques and look at how to edit your manuscripts ready for submission.
About the course leader
Catherine used to work in the City, but quit her job to move to the countryside and write children’s books. She writes rhyming and prose picture books, which are funny and heart-warming, with twisty plots and endearing characters. Her first book was published in 2020 and she has books in development with Simon & Schuster and Macmillan.
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