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12 Videos (54m)
    • Trailer

    • Intro to Picture Books

    • A Brief History of Picture Books

    • Structure of a Picture Book

    • Coming Up with Your Story Idea

    • Plot Structure and Point of View

    • Prose and Character Development

    • Troubleshooting Plot Issues

    • Writing a Good Opening and Ending

    • Cutting Your Word Count

    • Making a Writer's Dummy

    • My 10 Step Process to PB Writing


About This Class


Picture books are weird! Picture books are hilarious! Ideas for picture books are all around you!

This illuminating class, taught by Christine Fleming, author/illustrator at Might Could Studios, is the first of a two-part series on how to create your own children’s picture book: Picture Books I: Write Your Story and Picture Books II: Illustrate your Story.

In this 50-minute class, you’ll learn Christine’s step-by-step process for molding a vague story idea in your head into a sparkling picture book manuscript. You’ll begin by learning what exactly a picture book is, as well as its purpose, inspirational history, and anatomy.

With all that knowledge in your brain, you'll dive into the nitty-gritty of writing your story. Christine will explain how she finds her own story ideas, and how to get that first cringe-worthy draft out of your head and onto the page. Then she’ll take you through her revision process describing the use of plot structure, point of view, prose, rhythm patterns, poetry techniques, and character development. And finally, Christine will chat about common plot issues, what makes an enticing opening and satisfying ending, how to pick a title, reduce word count, and make a writer's dummy to solve pacing issues.


Plus, there's a bonus locked layer of content explaining the step-by-step process to submit your manuscript to publishers! This booklet is available to enrolled students as soon as they post their process work in the Project Gallery. If you’ve ever dreamed of having your book published, this is the information you need on how to properly submit to publishers and get your story in front of the right people.

This class is perfect for illustrators, designers, writers, and everyone who has ever thought to themselves, “Now that would make a great picture book.” No prior knowledge of writing, picture books, or publishing is required! By the end, you’ll have everything you need (and the inspirational push!) to write an impeccable picture book.

201 of 204 students recommendSee All

Good presentation.
Wow!!! I have learned so much!!!
Taking this class was a marginal call for me - I am not writing fiction and the writing that I do is all with adults! But I took the chance that there might be some overlap with skills that I am developing in explainer videos. In the end, I really enjoyed Christine's relaxed style of presentation. The content is all introductory level and after a zillion listens to other people's explanations on story arc the hero's journey, there were some real aha moments for me in Christine's thoughts in this space. Christine's content is all practical and actionable - just what a good skillshare class should be - nice work Christine - thankyou! :-)





Christine Nishiyama

Illustrator/Writer at Might Could Studios

Christine Fleming is an illustrator and writer working out of Atlanta, GA. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a BFA in Graphic Design, and is now working as an author/illustrator creating picture books, graphic novels, and editorial work.

Christine is represented by Danielle Smith at Red Fox Literary, and is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) where she was awarded the honor of SCBWI Illustrator of the Month after attending the SCBWI National Conference in New York.

Check out Christine's 12+ other classes to further explore her illustration process!

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