The skill of creating a picture book for young children is often thought to be easier than writing a novel for an adult. This is a myth that leads to the downfall of new writers. The truth is Children’s books are more difficult. Writing a picture book requires as much attention as a serious piece of fiction. A writer in this genre must not only appeal to small children, but also to the adults who read to them. Picture books are short but a child’s attention is shorter. Shorter is not necessarily easier. The picture-book author must know how to capture and hold a child’s interest and do it quickly. This is also a genre with specific conventions to which writers must adhere. This class will teach you what you need to know to navigate the world of writing for young children. You’ll become familiar with the words and conventions that appeal to little ones, what the industry requires, what information is myth, and acquire the skill necessary to give your story the depth it requires. Writing for young children is challenging, but not impossible.
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