Introduction to Creating Picture Books

January 11 - March 22

Learn how to create contemporary children’s picture books with market appeal with guidance from award-winning author and illustrator Claire Alexander.


On this course for beginners, you’ll learn how to write stories with convincing characters, experiment with watercolour techniques and explore narrative structure and writing styles. You’ll learn about the book publishing market and get valuable advice on how to get published.

By the end of the course you will have created compelling colour characters in settings and a storyboard in pencil which can be made into a dummy book to be presented to publishers.

The small class size of no more than 12 students will ensure that you receive personalised feedback and group support in a relaxed and friendly learning environment.

More information and tickets can be found for the course here.


About the tutor

Claire Alexander is an award-winning author and illustrator with more than 15 years’ experience creating picture books and teaching. Her recent books include The Think-Ups! and the third book in the ‘Ploofer’ series A Little Bit of Respect. Recent collaborations include illustrations for Emma Perry’s Puddling, and Sean Taylor’s Humperdink Our Elephant Friend and The Snowbear.


January 11
March 22




Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration
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