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Writing Children's Picture Books


Sat 19 Aug 2017, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Selwyn Community Education, 203 Kohimarama Road, Kohimarama, Auckland

Restrictions: R16

Ticket Information:

  • Course Fee: $120.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: SelwynComed

Selwyn Community Education is based at Selwyn College, Kohimarama, Auckland.

Tutor: Melinda Szymanik

This course is part of our 2017 Writing Weekend.

Discover what makes a great picture book and learn techniques and tips to help you develop and write your own.

The course begins with a brief introduction to the picture book genre and then using a mixture of discussion, teaching, Q & A, exercises and feedback, we will cover the main aspects of the writing craft required to write your own, including:

- Story development
- The Do's and Don'ts of writing for the very young
- Developing your own style and voice
- What to do when you don't draw

We will also cover techniques and advice for editing and rewriting your own work, information on submitting your work, getting published, competitions and writer resources.

Who should attend? Anyone keen to write a picture book, anyone who has an unfinished or rejected manuscript sitting in a bottom drawer, those who may be looking to use their own illustrations.

Please note this course is intended for adult learners.

You are invited to attend our opening address at 9am on Saturday 19 August. Fire up the day with an early morning talk by Books Editor Susanna Andrew. Get a sense of the writing communities at large, the lay of the literary landscape and where and how to stay tuned into a writing life and the lives of others.

Susanna Andrew is Metro Books Editor and co-editor with Jolisa Gracewood of the AUP annual anthology Tell You What: Great New Zealand Nonfiction.

Have a cuppa, listen to Susanna and meet others.

Our mission is to provide quality affordable and accessible lifelong learning opportunities for our community.

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