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Write a Picture Book
Online Course

What makes a good picture book?

Where do you start?

Is there a special format for submitting to publishers and agents?

This self paced online course will answer your questions and explore the concepts of forming ideas, editing, layout, illustrations and more.

International multi-award winning children’s author Michelle Worthington will help you to discover the principles of writing for children and learn to create dynamic and vibrant picture books.

Course cost: AUD$499

This self paced workshop will answer your questions and explore the concepts of forming ideas, editing, layout, illustrations and more.

International multi-award winning children’s author Michelle Worthington will help you to discover the principles of writing for children and learn to create dynamic and vibrant picture books.

Course cost: AUD$499

Michelle’s goal is to inspire children to believe in themselves and encourage reluctant and special needs readers to fall in love with books.

She will share with you her extensive industry knowledge, the basic principles behind writing for children, picture book publishing guidelines and updates on the current market and publishing environment.

* After course care includes one on one mentor support and manuscript assessment.

This work from home self paced learning is not only the least stressful and most high-value picture book course available internationally, but the best investment you can make right now in your writing career and yourself.

Course Content

  • Why do you want to write a picture book?
  • Picture Book Purpose
  • Finding your Author Voice
  • Picture Book Planning
  • How to write a picture book
  • Language
  • Length
  • Leaving Room for an Illustrator
  • Editing
  • The Heart of the Story
  • Story Structure
  • Getting Professional Help
  • Submitting to Publishers and Agents
  • Researching Publishers and Agents
  • Writing a Cover Letter
  • Being Google-able
  • The X Factor
  • Know the Industry
  • Know the Audience
  • Know the Market
  • From Hobby to Career
  • Building a Portfolio
  • Building Social Media
  • Build a Business
  • Do I Self Publish or Traditionally Publish?
  • Handling Rejection
  • Links to Recommended Books
  • Manuscript Assessment

* After course care options are one on one mentor support or manuscript assessments, which are available for purchase on course completion.

Meet Michelle Worthington

International award winning children’s author

Michelle Worthington is an international award-winning author and business woman. Two-time winner of the International Book Award and finalist in the USA Best Book Awards, Michelle also received a Gellett Burgess Award and a Silver Moonbeam Award for her contribution to celebrating diversity in literature. Michelle was the recipient of the 2018 AusMumpreneur Gold Award for Business Excellence and the winner of the 2018 Redlands BaR award for Best Start Up Business.

​Michelle is also a real life book fairy. Her magic powers include turning coffee into award-winning books. As Founder of Anthology Angels, she waves her wand to coach aspiring authors and illustrators all over the world achieve their dreams of publication. Whether she’s a fairy, a mermaid, a pirate or an elf, Michelle celebrates empowering readers and storytellers to dream big.

Michelle is also available for speaking engagements, book signings and school visits. Discover more about Michelle, her work and collection of books here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Do I need to have written or published a picture book before?

No. this workshop is for aspiring authors.

How do I prepare for the online course?

Attendees are encouraged to explore and read picture books to become familiar with their format and for inspiration. Choose a variety of both old and new.

How easy is it to write a picture book?

Writing stories for children can seem like a very simple task, but there is a skill involved in bringing memorable characters and their worlds to life. This course teaches you the skills involved in a practical, step by step way that you can work through at your own pace, with ongoing support available. Anyone can write a picture book, but not everyone can write a picture book that becomes a child’s favourite bedtime story. The best children’s picture books fire up their imaginations, evoke emotion and stay within their memories forever.

Can you guarantee my book will get published?

No. There are no guarantees, but there are skills you can learn to give your manuscript the best possible chance of being contracted for publication. In this online picture book writing course, you will learn how to plan your story using the style and format and how to develop your writing professionally, so as to attract agents or publishers. This course offers additional support on completion to help you achieve your dreams of becoming published.

Ready to start learning how to write children’s books which inspire?