017) Making a Picture Book 101

Students will learn the fundamentals of creating a children's picture book based on their own writing or can choose to retell a classic fairy tale. You will learn how to create a "book dummy" from start to finish and what is required to have it ready for presentation to a publisher. Students will also learn the workings of how to break into the children's picture book market, how to query an agent and a publisher, and the difference between self-publishing and traditional publishing. 

Prerequisite: Have ready a basic idea for a story (not yet written) or pick a fairy tale you wish to retell so you have the story line in place. 

Class Materials: 
A ream of white paper to sketch on 
A pencil and an eraser 
Access to a scanner 
Access to a computer for virtual meetings
Access to Zoom for our virtual classroom (a link will be emailed to each student prior to the start of dass) 
Students can also choose to work digitally in any creative software they choose 
Basic drawing skills are highly recommended, but not required 
Materials of your choosing to create one finished page in color (students may wish to use watercolors, colored pencils, acrylics, oils, inks, or work digitally and have access to a creative software program such as Photoshop or Procreate on the iPad).