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"Introduction to the Picture Book: Writing for Young Children" ONLINE with Liz Garton Scanlon

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Online Class

9/6/2018 From 06:30 PM CST to 09:30 PM CST

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$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)

Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week.


Are you writing (or thinking about writing) picture books?

This class will give you a broad understanding of the picture book form--from purpose and structure to particular parameters in today's marketplace--and will include close looks at concept books and rhyming text. There will also be prompts to get you started and time throughout for Q&A. Speaker Liz Garton Scanlon is widely published, has been writing for young people for more than 15 years, and teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She's eager to share her experiences in the field and with this form.


  • You're writing picture books and want to take the next step toward publication.
  • You've read hundreds of picture books to kids and want to write your own.
  • "Liz's simple exercise for character development was great. I came out with two new ideas."
  • "I had not realized how much freedom the illustrators of children's books had. I will have to readjust to this."
  • "Liz was top notch, with both her successful picture book writing experience and her teaching experience. She personalized the class, got us engaged, and paced well. Her power point and her tangible examples were excellent to drive home important points. She fielded questions expertly and gave good advice. I can't say enough good things about the instructor."

Liz Garton Scanlon is the author of more than a dozen beloved picture books, including the Caldecott-honored and best-selling All the World, and her newest releases -- Bob, Not Bob and Another Way to Climb a Tree. She is on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a frequent and popular presenter at schools, festivals and conferences.






$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers


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Registration will close on Wednesday, September 5, at 5 p.m. If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click here for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it.

Once a purchase has been made, tickets are not refundable and registration cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster.



Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven't taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to give us a call at 512-499-8914 if you'd like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at

Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to


This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit