Online Summer School: Introduction to Creating Picture Books

Learn the essentials of creating successful picture books on this week-long summer school.

When, Where

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Learn how to create children’s picture books with contemporary market appeal on this intensive online summer school for adult beginners with Claire Alexander. As both a professional author and illustrator, Claire is uniquely placed to teach both writing and illustration in this highly specialised area.

This summer school will inspire you with new ideas, introduce you to relevant literary and artistic techniques and equip you with the commercial knowledge to take your ideas further.

By the end of the week you will have a created your own compelling colour characters in settings and a storyboard in pencil which can be made into a dummy book to be presented to publishers.

Class times

Live classes take place each day in the afternoons, 4-6pm, and evenings, 7-9pm BST.

A minimum of 2-3 hours homework will be required every day of the course, plus some tasks to complete before the course starts.

Experience needed

Some prior experience of drawing and painting would be helpful.

Need to know

Download and read the Essential Information for more information about what the course involves, how it works and what materials you’ll need, and the Guidance for Participants for further information.

About the tutor

Claire Alexander is an award-winning London-based author and illustrator with over 15 years’ experience creating picture books and over a decade’s experience teaching her bespoke Picture Book courses. She is currently working with Walker Books on two projects, as well as a follow up to her latest title A Little Bit Different. Recent collaborations include illustrations for Sean Taylor’s Humperdink Our Elephant Friend and The Snowbear. Other titles include The Best Bit of Daddy’s Day and Monkey and the Little OneSmall Florence and Lucy and the Bully.

Read our Q&A with Claire.

Previous students

100% of respondents rated Claire’s previous online course as excellent.

“Claire’s course is a superbly friendly and inspirational learning experience… It was such a friendly environment with all the students supporting each other, like a ‘Great British Bake Off’ for writer/illustrators!”

“Claire is amazing. The course was very well structured and I like alternating a writing week with a drawing week. I think there was a lot of information not only about how to make a book but also about the industry itself which is good.”

“Claire is a wonderful tutor. I was a bit worried that I would feel out of my depth as I haven't studied art or worked in a creative field, but she was very encouraging and supportive. The group of students were lovely and also very supportive.”

“The tutor was very informative and approachable. I would definitely like to attend more of her classes.”

“I enjoyed the online experience possibly more than an offline class.”

“I really appreciated the tutor's support and being able to communicate with other participants via the course Padlet.”

See previous students’ work.


Tickets Price Number Total price
Total amount £0.00
Full online summer school with donation£522.50 £522.50
Full online summer school without donation£475.00 £475.00

Tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable and subject to our general terms and conditions. Age 18+ only.

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