Getting Started with Picture Books

A self-paced, on-demand course with Aleesah Darlison

If you're interested in writing picture books for the first time, or if you've started a few drafts and are looking for some inspiration and guidance, this course is for you!

Many people think that writing picture books is easy because there are so few words in them, but they couldn’t be more wrong! There are many aspects of writing for this market segment that people aren’t aware of or simply overlook. It’s perhaps the most misunderstood writing genre of all.

It takes great practice, care and skill to create a picture book story that ‘sings’, that transcends, that touches people’s hearts – and that stays within an incredibly strict word count.

Through the advice and exercises offered in this workshop, Aleesah Darlison will explain the picture book genre for you and demystify the process of beginning to write these joyous yet challenging stories. This course will provide an initial overview of the genre and help you get your ideas down on paper and moving forward to mould your stories into shape.

For more information, see our FAQ below.
Course level: Aspiring

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Your Instructor

Aleesah Darlison
Aleesah Darlison
Aleesah Darlison is an internationally published, award-winning author. She has written over 50 books for children including picture books, chapter books, novels and series. She has won or been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Environment Award for Children’s Literature, the CBCA Eve Pownall Award and the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards. Visit

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days and we will give you a full refund.
What level of writer is this course aimed at?
This is course is for aspiring picture book writers. This means writers who are just starting to find their feet in the writing world, haven’t yet developed a steady practice, and haven't taken picture book writing courses before, or who would like an introductory refresher.

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