Adult Workshops for 2024
The word count for a picture book text aimed at 3-6 year olds should be somewhere between 400-800 words. So how do you write economically for children while retaining rhythm, drama and emotional content?
In this intensive workshop, I’ll share my techniques for editing superfluous content, as well as revealing additions you can make to enhance drama, emotion and rhythm to really make your story sing!
Saturday 9th of March at 13.00 – 18.00 GMT. £65
Are you background phobic and compositionally befuddled?!
Discover a host of clever compositional devices to enhance the storytelling and atmosphere in your picture book illustrations. Experiment with inventive ways to depict backgrounds to stage the drama of your narrative beautifully, without distracting the eye away from the actions of your main character.
Saturday 4th of May at 13.00 – 17.30 GMT. £65
Illustrating People in picture books
Do you struggle to illustrate convincing, vibrant, human characters in your illustrations?
Learn how to simplify observational drawings of children and adults into charming picture book characters in three simple stages. Hear about the types of characters publishers are interested in and how to approach them with your work. I encourage interaction and offer individual feedback on your drawings throughout the day.
Saturday 29th of June at 13.00 – 17.00 GMT. £65
“I gained lots of confidence and now I know how I can start drawing people and human characters for picture books. So excited!”
“I really loved this interactive character drawing session with Claire. You’ll be put at ease and given actionable steps to simplifying the body and creating fun characters that are your own.”
“Claire demonstrates and gives hands-on practicals in a way which definitely gives confidence in how to create a character and experiment with achieving techniques for consistency when making pb characters.”
Coming up in 2025
Do you long to hold a publishing contract in your hands, but don’t know where to begin writing for children? Or maybe you’re an illustrator whose words just aren’t flowing?
This online workshop provides a simple, enlightening, confidence-building way into plotting a narrative for 2-6-year-olds. I’ll share 20 years of picture book writing knowledge, reveal hidden do’s and don’ts of writing for children and feedback on your ideas throughout the day. You’ll learn about the types of characters and stories UK publishers are interested in, and how to approach them with your work. With lots of technical know-how, practical exercises and industry information, this workshop will inspire and motivate you to begin your story!
“This workshop is very inspiring and well worth every penny!”
It was fantastic!! I was able to structure my latest story idea using this newfound knowledge! I left feeling really good and fired up about working on my next picture book pitch.”
“This was another little gem delivered by Claire. Her extensive knowledge of picture books and publishing comes through a very well-structured and amusing course.
I love working with Claire and I definitely recommend her courses wholeheartedly!!!”
This workshop is for beginner and intermediate levels. You are welcome to come with a character and story in mind, or you can explore and generate ideas during the workshop.
Tickets will go on sale in October 2024.
Check out my mentor sessions and programs here.