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We offer a range of untutored online writing courses, with more to be added soon. These courses are suitable for both novices to more experienced writers. See below for a full list and description of each course.

Our courses take place on the website, via our learning platform (the link to this is found in your confirmation email when you sign up). To view all of your courses, click here.

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Picture Book Course

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Clare Helen Welsh, author of both fiction and non-fiction picture book texts, has curated content for this 5 week untutored 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 module to give you an opportunity to fine tune your own work, and you have the opportunity to book in for a Picture Book manuscript review from Clare at the conclusion.

CRACKING CONCEPTS’
Where do ideas come from? How do we find original ideas? Which are the strongest? Most marketable? What will editors look for? What to avoid?

‘PLOT LIKE A PRO’ 
How to structure a picture book, types of narrative arc, ‘rules’ of picture book plotting

‘CREATING CHARACTERS’ 
Creating characters children care about and relate to. Building a strong emotional connection.

‘THE POWER OF VOICE’
Types of voice, how to strengthen voice and techniques to make your writing enjoyable to read aloud.

‘EDITING – WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH?’
Is my story ready? Achieving objectivity. A checklist of PB ‘Do’s /Don’ts’ 

At the end of the course, you may submit a picture book text for in depth critique from Clare. (Booking essential).

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Non-Fiction Picture Book Course

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Clare Helen Welsh, author of both fiction and non-fiction picture book texts, has curated content for this 5 week untutored course, taking you from concept to creation.

The course outline is below, and each week will focus on a different aspect of non-fiction picture book writing. Clare will provide notes on these areas at the start of each module to give you an opportunity to fine tune your own work, and you have the opportunity to book in for a Picture Book manuscript review from Clare at the conclusion.

TYPES OF NON-FICTION PICTURE BOOKS’
What is the difference between illustrated non-fiction and narrative non-fiction? Examples of texts in each genre.

‘CHOOSING A TOPIC 
What to consider when beginning a non-fiction project. Audience, Angle, Tone.

‘COMPOSITION’ 
What are the important ingredients for a successful non-fiction book? How long should a text be? 

‘THE IMPORTANCE OF RESEARCH’ 
Which sources should writers use? How much research is needed?

‘HOW TO SUBMIT NON-FICITON’
How to write a proposal. How to present facts and sources.

At the end of the course, you may submit a picture book text for in depth critique from Clare. (Booking essential).

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