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3-Month ONLINE Picture Book Mentorship: Creating a Body of Work for Publication, Join List For Next Class
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3-Month ONLINE Picture Book Mentorship: Creating a Body of Work for Publication, Join List For Next Class

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Led by Award-winning children's author Rosie J. Pova! Her books include If I Weren't With You (SPORK, an imprint of Clear Fork Publishing, 2017), Hailey Queen Pranking Makes Perfect: The Alien Encounter (SPORK, 2017) and Sarah's Song (SPORK, Fall 2017). Rosie's upcoming picture book, Sunday Rain, will be released in March 2021. 

The Ideal Applicant for this mentorship is someone who is at a beginner or intermediate stage, has been writing for children for a while and has some basic understanding of children's publishing, who is regularly reading newly published picture books, and is serious about advancing their skills in children's writing. Applicants must be willing to take critiques, feedback and guidance, commit to doing the work and assignments, and open to learning.

The goal of this mentorship is to guide mentees to completing and polishing at least 3 picture books, crafting a query letter, and coming up with a plan of submitting their work to agents and editors. This collaboration will also aim at helping mentees advance as children's writers, giving them more confidence with the right tools and strategies to grow, moving towards their goals.

How It Works:

Upon acceptance into the mentorship program, you will schedule an initial one-on-one call or Zoom session with Rosie to discuss where you are at with your writing and your goals, allowing her to get a sense of your previous experience and attitude toward feedback. Together, you’ll create a work plan for the next three months.

You will then meet with Rosie, by phone or Zoom, once a month until the end of the program. Prior to these meetings, you will be expected to send a process letter (1-3 pages) detailing the work you have accomplished as well as your successes and concerns for the month. Along with the letter, you will also submit work for direct feedback from Rosie (which she will provide in the form of line edits as well as a formal letter). The number of pages due is flexible per meeting and will depend on the person; the specifics of this can be worked out in the initial conversation and as you go.

Rosie will also be available to answer questions, talk through any issues or blocks you may be having, or provide advice via email once a week during "office hours." By the end, you and Rosie will collaborate to put together a list of publishers where you will send at least one polished story. If you are far enough along in the process of assembling picture books that you plan to soon reach out to agents, Rosie is also willing to help you brainstorm how best to position your collection and assist you in drafting a query letter.

The Three-Month Mentorship Consists of the Following:

  • One-on-one initial consultation via phone or Zoom to discuss your experience, specific needs, and aspirations
  • Accountability
  • E-mail access to mentor once a week for check-ins and/or office hours for three months
  • Monthly meeting between mentor and mentee via phone or Zoom to discuss latest submission and progress
  • Line edits (via Microsoft Word) and formal letter on submitted pages
  • Monthly assignments (stories/craft essays/art/films/etc.) tailored to your individual needs and interests
  • Plan for querying agents, should the writer be at that stage.

Mentor’s Monthly Input:

  • List of assignments
  • Guidance on goals and priorities
  • One-on-one phone or email check in
  • Manuscript critique
  • Query letter critique
  • Personalized submissions plan as needed

Mentee’s Monthly Responsibilities:

  • Complete monthly assignments
  • Submit manuscript for critique
  • Revise work based on critique
  • Do research per Mentor's guidance
  • Read 15+ picture books
  • Cooperate and work with Mentor in a respectful manner

Candidates who are passionate about writing picture books will greatly benefit from this mentorship and the accountability, structure, support, guidance, and feedback it offers, provided they do the work and complete the entire program. The main focus of this 3-month mentorship will be to craft and polish one picture book per month, assist you in writing a query letter, and come up with a submission plan. 

Writing Sample:

Upon application, please email a one or two page picture book writing sample to

Tuition Payment:

Full Tuition for the 3-month program is $1,900. Accepted writers must commit to the full three months and meet all assigned deadlines. You can pay the tuition in full or opt for equal monthly payments by selecting Affirm at checkout. If you decide to create a monthly payment plan using Affirm, you can do so once you add "Full Tuition" to your cart, enter your contact information, and are on the payment page.

Additional Program Information:

  • Tuition is $1,900

  • Class size limited to 12 writers

  • Program Starts January 18, 2021

  • The Mentorship is fully online and students may participate from anywhere.

  • NOTE: Shifting some dates around may be necessary but any changes will be communicated well in advance, if possible.  

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this program.

Mentor Rosie J. Pova is a multi-published, award-winning children's author, poet, speaker, and writing coach. Rosie's upcoming picture book, Sunday Rain, will be released in March 2021. It's a story that celebrates imagination, the love of books, and new friendships, and it's now available for pre-order. Rosie also speaks on many women's topics and has appeared on TV, radio and print media. Originally from Bulgaria, Rosie now lives in Dallas, TX with her family. Find out more at her website or on her Amazon Author Page.

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