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Children's Picture Books 101

What to Know Before You Write! A must for any writer who doesn't yet have a solid foundation on which to begin writing picture book stories.

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"Picture Book writing is a specific category of writing, with its own set of rules and conventions. Denise Vega’s class provides the foundational knowledge that every beginning picture book writer needs to get them started on their road to success. I highly recommend it!"

- Julie Danneberg, Bestselling Picture Book Author

Learn from a published author and teacher!

Learn what a picture book is and is not so when you are ready to write your own picture book story, you'll have a solid foundation from which to start. By the end of this course, you will have a clear understanding of what a picture book is and be able to apply that knowledge to your own stories.

Master picture book fundamentals so you can unleash your creativity and write with confidence!

  • Identify what a picture book is and is not
  • Identify a picture book's unique characteristics
  • Differentiate the various types of picture books (including nonfiction)
  • Understand the crucial role of language, rhythm, rhyme and illustration in telling the story
  • Note clear differences between magazine short stories and picture book stories

When you're finished, you should feel comfortable enough to begin thinking about writing a story of your own, confident that it is as close to a picture book as you can make it!

Powerful, Time-saving Knowledge Right Now

I've taught numerous classes on picture books and have discovered that many writers don't have a basic understanding of this category of children's books. This often means that they have to do a lot of reworking and often start their stories over completely because the story they've written is actually not a picture book story.

Using published picture books as examples, you'll learn what a picture book is and is not, what makes this type of book unique among children's books, the variations of picture books and how language, rhythm, rhyme (in some books) and illustrations all play a crucial role in telling the story.

In short, easy-to-follow lessons, you'll explore picture books at your own pace, using real books along with exercises and downloads to hone your picture book eye.

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

This course is designed to provide that basic understanding for writers hoping to write children's picture books and anyone else who has been captivated by the fun and engaging lure of the picture book.


Class Curriculum

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Thank you, Denise! Though I have far to travel still, I have a very good grounding!

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"I think this class is invaluable to any writer embarking on the picture book adventure. Denise did a great job. It's obvious she put a lot of time into making this class work for all. I loved her picture book examples. They supported her lessons by helping to clarify important points. She presented information with clarity and professionalism. Denise comes across as calm and approachable. She shares her knowledge in a "friendly" style, and her expertise shines. Her style of teaching is so great for beginners, because she oozes understanding. Even though I was familiar with most of the content, I listened to the entire class in one afternoon. I still learned more. I left the experience realizing I need to read more picture read as a writer. I would highly recommend this class to all aspiring picture book writers - beginning writers and experienced writers seeking a recharge!"

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

What do I need to know before starting this course?
Nothing! Just come with an open mind and an excitement to learn.
Will I be writing picture books in this course?
Not unless you want to. This course is designed to give you the foundation you need BEFORE you write, but if you feel inspired, follow that!
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.