Opening Your Writer’s Mind: The Art and Craft of Picture Book Text

Open Seats


Regular $140.00
Member $126.00
October 28, 2020-November 18, 2020
10 a.m.-Noon
Children's and Young Adult Literature
Open to All Levels
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
4 Week
Childrens and YA Graphic

Picture books are an art form unique to our field. They have their own rhythms, narrative techniques, and conventions of shape, structure, and balance. Examine what drives the energy and momentum of picture books. Get under the skin of selected fiction and nonfiction picture book texts. Generate new drafts through exercises, or revise work already in progress. The focus is on craft techniques rather than manuscript critique, but if you have a picture book ms. in progress, feel free to bring it to class to use in revision exercises. The first day’s exercise will also generate new work. 

Please read 5-8 picture books in preparation: most published within the last 5 years; 1 published before the year you were born (yes, really—there’s a method to this!); at least 1 originally published outside the US. Come prepared to share 2-3 favorite titles with the group.

Instructions for Accessing This Online Class

In order to access live class meetings, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.

Some classes use a supplemental Google Classroom page. Should your teaching artist use Google Classroom, you will be invited to join the classroom via email at least 24 hours in advance of your class (check spam folders if you are not seeing this invitation). Please note that Google Classroom requires a Gmail address to access the Classroom. If you do not have a Gmail account, the email invitation will be sent to the email address we have on file and will prompt you to create a free account or enter an existing account to join the classroom. If we are unable to send an email invitation to your non-gmail account, you will be contacted by a staff member to provide a Gmail address. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.