Writing course

Now enrolling – choose your own start date!

“Your course is the first one I have taken and I have learned so much over the 6 weeks’ duration.  I now know exactly where I have been going wrong all these years.  It has now given me confidence to start submitting stories again.”  S Stokes, course student

“I have really, really, enjoyed your course and I think you have arranged it brilliantly – I have found it both fascinating and inspiring -definitely the best course on Picture Book Writing which I have come across and far more useful than any of the books written on the subject. ”  P Belford, course student

“The course has been fab – thanks so much! Your feedback has been amazing! I am definitely going to use the resources.” B Stretton, course student

“Your writing course and your feedback along the way has been more useful than I could have ever imagined.”  K Jackson, course student

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Join me on a six week journey into creating picture books!  For more details, see below.  To enrol, just complete the form and click here to pay via PayPal (or contact me for bank transfer details)


A 6-part online course that can be completed at your own pace

Price: £150


To research the market and practise picture book writing techniques in order to create an edited draft of a picture book.


Week 1 – Researching the market
Week 2 – Structure and characters
Week 3 – The importance of plot
Week 4 – Picture book language
Week 5 – Edit edit edit
Week 6 – Submitting to agents and publishers

Course materials and structure

The course takes the form of pdfs which contain the course information, handouts and exercises, plus supporting videos. Assignments can be completed once a week or whenever suits you. There is no time limit so you can take your time and fit the course in around work and family life.

Support from Lou throughout the course

As a published author of six picture books and another in production, I can help you work towards publication and will be with you every step of the way. I will give you feedback on each week’s assignment so you know you are on the right track before critiquing your final draft.

Finish the course with a completed picture book

Through the course you will research, plan, draft, redraft and ‘submit’ a complete picture book, which I will then critique so you will have the best possible work to go forward towards submitting to agents or publishers.

You will need:

  • An email address and access to the internet.
  • Time to do homework (roughly an hour a week minimum).
  • A passion for writing. That’s it!

How to enrol

Simply email me at lou dot treleaven @ sky dot com to confirm your place, or use the form above. Payment should be made before the course starts either by PayPal to my email address, or please request bank transfer details. Payment by instalments welcome as long as the balance is paid before the start date.

“I have found the course a confidence boost.  Your encouragement and positivity has helped to put me into a different frame of mind.  I am starting the year feeling far more positive and business like about my writing instead of overthinking and worrying.  And of course, because I have had to produce the assignments, I’ve now shifted from thinking about writing, to actually doing it, which is a huge step forward for me.”    M Zal, course student