For those who dream of becoming a children’s book author, a helpful learning opportunity is coming soon. UCSD Extension will be offering the class, Writing Children’s Picture Books, this summer. It will be held Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm, beginning June 29 and finishing August 24. The instructor-led sessions will be at UCSD Extension’s University City Center at 6256 Greenwich Drive, San Diego. The cost of the class is $270.
Children’s books come in many categories: board books, picture books, easy readers, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult. A picture book is typically printed in a larger format (e.g., 8.5” x 11”) with 32 illustrated pages and 500 to 1,000 words. Picture books are meant for younger children, and are often read to kids by their parents. Well-known picture books include ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, ‘The Cat in the Hat’, ‘Curious George’, ‘Where’s Waldo?’, and others.
This will be a very hands-on course – students will draft five or six picture book manuscripts. The class will listen to each student read their work, and then provide constructive feedback. The course will also include topics that come after a manuscript is completed: the needs of the illustrator, querying agents and publishers, and what happens after a book has been accepted for publication.
Two published children’s book authors will be teaching the class – Sarah Tomp and Andrea Zimmerman. Ms. Tomp has written a picture book, ‘Red, White and Blue Goodbye‘. She has also contributed to Highlights Magazine for Children. Ms. Tomp earned a MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
Ms. Zimmerman is a children’s book author and illustrator, with over twelve children’s books to her name. Her work spans a range of genres, including fiction and nonfiction picture books, a riddle book, a how-to book, a concept book, and a historical biography. Ms. Zimmerman is also a member of SCBWI.
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