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Writing Picture Books: From Idea to Finished Story

Learn to write the type of children's picture book you are passionate about! (Check out packages that include feedback from Denise)

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Gift Course Packages
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Writing Picture Books - On Shore Gift

Writing Picture Books - Dip Your Toe Package Gift

Writing Picture Books - Waist High Package Gift

Writing Picture Books - All In Package Gift


The On Shore level is a part of bundle! Save some $$ by purchasing
the Picture Book On Shore bundle
or the Picture Book and Find a Publisher bundle!


With a published author and teacher as your guide and creative cheerleader, take action on your dream of writing children's picture books, creating a story that will make a child laugh, learn, or grow in some way.

By the end of the course, if you have done the work necessary, you will have completed at least one picture book story!

Master the art of writing picture books with this step-by-step course.

  • Identify your passion project (come up with your idea or hone an existing idea)
  • Map out your story
  • Begin writing (instead of just thinking about writing)
  • Learn effective revision techniques
  • Learn how to spot sentences or phrases that may be better suited for illustrations

Making your dream a reality is as close as this course!

We'll get over those fears--of not being good enough, of not having something worth sharing--as well as develop skills for overcoming procrastination and creating a solid plan for making time to write (because if you try to "find" time, you won't!)

You'll discover or rediscover your creativity, love of language, and commitment to quality stories of children, telling the stories that only you can tell from your experience, perspective and passion.


What do I need to know before I start this course?

As you will see in the free preview video on my expectations, you do need to have a grounding in picture books before you begin. Gotta have the foundation before you can build the house!

Here's the breakdown:

  • A thorough understanding of what a picture book is and is not in terms of format, illustrations, and language use.
  • A thorough understanding of the types of picture books being published today.
  • A thorough understanding what elements make the picture book unique among books for children.
  • A working knowledge of picture book terminology and characteristics, such as spreads, page counts, language devices, and rhyming elements.
  • Access to the books used in the course. They should all be readily available through your local library or bookstore or from online sellers. If you find some that you really enjoy, I encourage you to buy a few to support the authors and illustrators, just as you will want to have your books purchased if you decide to write a book and get it published. You can always give them away to a child, school, or library if you decide not to keep them!

If you need this foundation, check locally for classes, search on the Internet or enroll in my course, Children's Picture Books 101: What to Know Before You Write.

What will I get when I finish this course?

This course is designed to help you complete at least one picture book story and revise it using specific. designed for those who have a thorough understanding of what a picture book is and is not and having not only been enjoying them, but have been studying them as learning tools.

By the end of this course, you will have completed at least one picture book story and revised it to make it better.

  • Over three hours of video instruction, practice and encouragement.
  • Downloadable practice exercises.
  • Bonus lessons and updates throughout the life of this course!

Course packages available, including a manuscript critique and a phone consult. Scroll down for more information!

Class Curriculum


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  Copyright: Yours, Mine and Ours
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  YOUR WRITING LIFE: Why You Write and Your Writing Goals
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  WRITING THE RHYMING PICTURE BOOK
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Your Instructor


Denise Vega
Denise Vega

Denise received her Masters in Education from Harvard University and is an award-winning author of children's books from toddler to teen. She is a teacher and has been a devotee of the world of children's books for over twenty years. Her books have been placed with large New York publishing houses such as Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Hachette), Knopf/Random House, and Scholastic and her ongoing contact with editors, agents and other authors helps her stay on top of changes in the industry. She is on faculty at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, teaching classes on children's books and the Regis University Mile High MFA in Creative Writing Program, mentoring authors of young adult lit (both in Denver, CO). She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the Authors Guild, the Colorado Authors League (CAL), and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW).


Frequently Asked Questions


I purchased a package! How do I get my critique or consult?
If you've purchased a package that comes with feedback, a critique and/or a consult, you will receive instructions on what to do and when to do it 30-90 days after purchase, depending on the package. This "delay" is to give you time to get through the course material, which is a must for anyone wanting to get feedback. It ensures that what you send is as ready as it can be so you receive the best, most helpful feedback possible. And if you haven't gotten through the material, it will be a gentle reminder to dive back in so you can take advantage of what you paid for! NOTE: If you purchased your package on an installment plan, all payments must be completed before we schedule a critique or consult.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

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