1h 3min beginner Resources

Have you ever wanted to write a children’s picture book? Well, now you can! Celebrated children’s book author and illustrator Mike Curato teaches the ins and outs of writing your own picture books. From brainstorming ideas to generating a great plot and characters, you’ll learn to create a fascinating story that keeps children (and adults!) turning the page. Plus get insider tips for publishing your book.

Episode descriptions

Getting Started
1. Episode: Getting Started

Welcome to the world of picture books! Discover the power of picture books, learn the different types of stories and how to start being a good writer.

Story & Plot
2. Episode: Story & Plot

Learn how to create a plot using the classic story arc. Find out how to create the right conflict for your work (every story needs conflict!) and how to tackle heavier subjects in your story.

Beginnings & Endings
3. Episode: Beginnings & Endings

Learn how to hook your reader right from the start and how create intrigue in your story right away. Discover how to create a strong ending and how messages and morals will work in your story.

What's the Big Idea?
4. Episode: What's the Big Idea?

Discover different techniques and tricks to coming up with your big story idea. Try a writer's prompt that will help unlock your creativity.

What a Character!
5. Episode: What a Character!

Find out how to come up with a great character that will enhance your story. Discover the key to characters that last and what you need to make an original, standout character.

Telling a Story Through Pictures
6. Episode: Telling a Story Through Pictures

Discover how the words and pictures works together to create a great story. Plus, find out how to compose your drawings with the Golden Ratio to provide the right eye candy for your reader.

Pacing & Editing
7. Episode: Pacing & Editing

Find out how to pace your story to keep your readers turning the pages. Plus, learn how to properly edit your picture book to make the story stronger.

Creating a Book Dummy
8. Episode: Creating a Book Dummy

What's a book dummy? Find out how to create this mockup for your book. Plus, discover how much you need to illustrate and what to do if you don't draw.

Publishing 101
9. Episode: Publishing 101

Find out the steps to getting traditionally published and what you can do to increase your odds of selling your story. Plus, find out how to self-publish.

About the Teacher

Mike Curato
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Today’s authors face unprecedented competition in the writing market. In this comprehensive class, Professor Jane Friedman acts as your personal guide though the entire process from finalizing your manuscript to writing the perfect pitch, reviewing contracts and marketing your book. You’ll learn sought-after secrets of the publishing process that will help you navigate this challenging progression, bypass pitfalls and improve your chances of being considered for publication.
Meet your favorite children’s book authors and illustrators and learn about their craft and writing process.

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Picture Books 101: Writing for Kids

Mike Curato

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Picture Books 101: Writing for Kids