Learn how to write a picture book in 7 weeks

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.

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, then you’ll post it up for tutor and peer review.

In the final week, Clare will be joined by top literary agent, Lydia Silver, to discuss picture books submissions – and to get some feedback from Lydia – to ensure it’s in the best possible shape before being sent out to agents.

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But be fast – only 10 places available on this course.

The picture book course with Clare Helen Welsh was a delight from start to finish. Clare’s infectious enthusiasm, supreme organisation and thoughtful support were exemplary. The weekly topics were well planned and resourced and the tasks set were appropriately challenging but never onerous. Perhaps the best thing about the whole experience was the establishment of a community of writers across the country who offered wonderful encouragement, pots of good advice and the friendliest of spirits. Just fab.

Jon Cox


I absolutely loved Clare’s course and her meticulous notes, planning and fabulous feedback and support each week. I’ve learnt so much and gained a whole group of new writerly friends who I’m sure I will continue to work with in the future. Clare is a brilliant tutor and approachable and friendly with a wealth of knowledge that she was happy to share with us on the course 🙂

Emma Finlayson-Palmer


The Write Mentor PB course was excellent! Clare provided so many opportunities to help us learn and improve our writing with a well planned series of lessons. I can’t recommend this course enough to all budding PB authors!

Kael Tudor


Before this course I was pants at plotting. I was just so happy to think of a coherent plot and write the whole story that I would go with my first idea. Clare’s plotting technique using a mentor text has made something click and my texts are much better than they were. I’m more confident and loving writing PB’s again.

Tracy Curran


Course Leader

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. You can find out more about Clare on her website http://www.clarehelenwelsh.com and by following her on Twitter @ClareHelenWelsh

Weekly Workshop Day/Time:

Monday at 8-9pm (London, UK time)



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. 


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


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.

Week 5/6 - ‘Picture Book SOS’ Peer Review Week

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


Is your text submission ready? A comprehensive checklist of questions to ask yourself before submitting a story to a critique partner, agent or editor.

With visiting agent, Lydia Silver.

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