San Diego picture book writers: I highly recommend UCSD Extension’s “Writing Children’s Picture Books” class. Former Harcourt Children’s Book Senior Editor Diane D’Andrade is teaching it, and she’s amazing. She was my first boss in the children’s book biz, and I—along with many bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators—have learned so much from her. The class runs July 9, 2011 through Sept 10, 2011. Check it out here.
Sounds very inviting, Debra. Wish I lived in SD to take a class just to know more about the world of writing etc. Who does their illustrations?? I suppose it is all done by graphic artists
not just regular artists etc. Had I known how advanced this was going to become—I
would have learned a lot younger about graphic arts etc. and been able to compete. Oh
well, I just need to start advertising someplaces to get people to notice my work. I had many great connections in SD but not SO here! YOU ARE SUCH A TALENTED WRITER,
DEBRA, KEEP IT UP!!!! HUGS FROM BETTE
Bette, picture book illustrators are artists of all kinds. As a fine art painter, you certainly could do it, but you’d have to train yourself on the (art and) craft of telling a visual story across a 32-page book. If you decide to pursue that, check out “Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books” by Uri Shulevitz. It’s a classic book about illustrating picture books, by a major picture book illustrator. You can also look into the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (scbwi.org) for more resources. That’s the national organization for people who create text and pictures for picture books.