6-week advanced picture book course with Clare Helen Welsh


Going beyond the fundamentals, level-up your writing skills as bestselling and award-winning children’s author Clare Helen Welsh guides you through an advanced picture book course.

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If you understand the basic of writing picture books but want to further develop your skills and knowledge, this course is for you. It’s ideal for writers who have already written picture books and want to polish them ready for submission to literary agents. With two-hour sessions over six weeks, this course is designed to delve even deeper into the craft of writing picture books, with comprehensive feedback from your peers, your course tutor, and a literary agent. With a focus on publication, learn more about the children’s publishing industry, including current trends, from our guest agent during an initial Q&A, and how to submit your picture books to agencies and publishers.

The two-hour sessions will take place live on Zoom. Slack, a text-based platform, will be used for work-sharing and mid-week support.

What is included in the course?

  • Industry expertise: Gain direct access to a literary agent for around two hours during an initial Q&A, which includes up-to-date knowledge about industry trends and submission advice, and a final feedback session on your writing.
  • Written resources: Receive comprehensive teaching notes from your course tutor, including craft advice and book recommendations, for you to keep and refer back to during and after the course.
  • Video session: In the first week of the course, be introduced to your fellow course participants and your tutor via a Zoom video chat, with a chance to ask any initial questions.
  • Writing tasks: Writing tasks created by your course tutor to help you put the skills you’ve learnt into practice and develop your own picture book.
  • Professional feedback: Receive feedback from your course tutor and a literary agent on your writing tasks and your picture book text.
  • Peer feedback: Receive feedback on your writing from your fellow course participants, and develop your own critique skills by giving feedback in return.
  • Writing community: Learn from and share ideas with fellow participants on the course platform. Discuss each week’s topic, give feedback on your writing, and support one another during and beyond the course. Many of our students even create critique groups after the course has finished.

Course outline


Introductions followed by one-hour industry Q&A with agent.


Types of Picture Books and the Controlling Idea, plus workshopping of three texts.


Choosing a shape, plus workshopping of three texts.


Characters and character arcs, plus workshopping of three texts.


Viewpoint, voice, and style, plus workshopping of three texts.


Break in the course for agent to read and prepare feedback and for writers to finish their manuscripts.


Editing – writers discuss the feedback from agent in breakout rooms and with the group, including possible ways forward.


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