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Launching my Writing Picture Books online course

I’m very pleased to share with you that I can now offer an 6 week online course in writing picture books.  I’m really excited about this as it’s something I’ve been wanting to create for ages, and I’ve tried to include everything I wish I’d known at the beginning (and some things I’m still learning now)!

Writing Picture Books poster

The course covers researching, drafting, using appropriate language, crafting plots, creating memorable characters, how to lay out your text and how to approach publishers and/or agents.  By the end of the course you will have created a final (or close to final) draft of a complete picture book, with feedback from me all the way.  Although the course materials will be sent once a week, there is no time limit so you can set the pace yourself.

Payment is £150 payable before the start date of either 1 May or 4 September 2019.  Please email me if you would like to enrol or use the form below.  Looking forward to working with you!

Click here to download course outline

Click here to pay via PayPal (or contact me for bank transfer details)



11 thoughts on “Launching my Writing Picture Books online course

  1. Hi Lou
    This is brilliant! I’m definitely interested and would like to put my name down for the September start. In terms of installments when would the first one have to be made and how much?


    Melissa Abraham

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

    1. Hi Melissa,

      That’s great! Will be good to have you on board. Feel free to send the instalments as and when suits you – as long as I have the full amount by the start date then that’s fine.


  2. Dear Lou,

    The course you offer has dropped into my inbox at exactly the right moment.

    I have one query, which is would I be able to submit my illustrations as a PDF, as I draw by hand?

    I would like to enrol on your course to begin on May 1st. I would like to pay for this on April 30th by bank transfer for which I would need details please.

    Or I could pay by visa. The visa payment would be very good as I could delay the payment a little, as I only work part time.

    Or would you accept 2 payments of £75 via bank transfer; the second on June 1st?

    Kind regards,

    Hermione Laake


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    1. Hi Hermione,

      Many thanks for your interest. I’d be delighted to have you on the course. The course won’t cover illustrations, but you are welcome to submit them with your work if you would like. I will email you about the bank transfer payments.


  3. Hi Lou,
    This sounds fantastic – I will let me picture book critique group know. Just to check – is it a 1-1 course or group sessions and if so, do you have a group size limit in mind?

    1. Thank you Rachael! Although it will feel like 1:1, it will be a group of people, max 12 at a time. At the moment I have 3 spaces left on the May course and 11 on the September course.

  4. Hi Lou,

    Are there any places left on the 1st May course? If not, could you put me down for September 9th?

    Many thanks,



  5. Hi Lou
    Please would you add my new email address to your mailing list: – I’ve been missing out on your posts as rarely check this inbox anymore.
    Much appreciated and keep up the good work!
    Kind regards

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