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Writing Picture Books: From Creation to Publication 8-Week Online Workshop, Starts August 22nd, 2022
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Writing Picture Books: From Creation to Publication 8-Week Online Workshop, Starts August 22nd, 2022

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Begins Monday, August 22nd, 2022

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Led by Award-winning children's author Rosie J. Pova! Her books include Sunday Rain, If I Weren't With You, Sarah's Song and her upcoming picture book, The School of Failure: A Story about Success (spring 2022). Rosie's work was also recently featured in The New York Times.

Rosie will cover the essential elements and steps in the process of writing a picture book― from generating story ideas to finishing a first draft, picking a catchy title, to revising and submitting. This course focuses on writing and you do not need a background in illustration to take this class.

Picture books are a very particular format of children's writing because, besides being very short, they work with illustrations to complement the text, and therefore require understanding of the particular features and elements that apply to them.

This course will explore a variety of story structures and provide a breakdown on crafting a strong story, including step-by-step guidance and assignments to help you reach your goals. This is a hands-on, interactive, and highly productive course that will guide you from idea to finished draft, revision and polishing, and weigh in on options moving forward with your work toward publication.

Furthermore, the course will address the following questions as you work on creating your picture book: What to do and what to avoid in the process? Most common mistakes that keep you from moving forward in your writing journey; What is most likely to grab an agent's or editor's attention in today's picture book market? How to get up-to-date on the current market and how to write for today's audience?

By the end of this course, you'll get a clear idea on where to start, what to do, and in what order, helping you advance your writing, understand the craft and business of children's publishing better, and move closer to your goals. (Applies to traditional publishing, not self-publishing.)

You can also follow a series of blog posts from one of Rosie's former students as she starts to query agents with her picture book, developed in this class.

"I am learning so much in your class. I told my daughter that I have learned more with you in the past two weeks than I did as a member of a regional children's book group for two years!" --Ellen K.
"Writing Picture Books: From Creation to Publication class taught by Rosie J. Pova has been my favorite writing class that Writing Workshops has to offer. Through the lessons and assignments, Rosie provided clear instruction on how to develop characters, story plot and questions to think about when drafting your children book stories. Rosie created a safe environment where all the students felt encouraged and as a result, the students motivated each other." --Christy A.
"My experience with Rosie J. Pova as my mentor has been unbelievably helpful. I am a mom and preschool teacher who has had stories and ideas swimming in my head for over a decade. I felt like I just needed the tools to make my stories come together and (maybe one day) get published. Rosie's knowledge of children's writing and the traditional publishing industry has been invaluable to me. She has truly helped pull these stories out of my head and pushed me to write them on paper in a way that I haven't done before. Her 8-week course that I took was also incredibly helpful to break down step by step "how-to" to accomplish this very daunting task of writing children's books. I feel very confident in her process and I hopefully will be one of her true success stories! I cannot recommend working with Rosie enough. If you do the work she assigns and follow what she recommends, you will come out of the mentorship with polished stories you can be proud of. I cannot thank her enough for her support." --Blair W.
"Having Rosie J. Pova as a mentor was worth every penny. Her constructive feedback, encouragement, and infectious enthusiasm allowed me to produce three polished manuscripts and queries. Her knowledge of the craft set me on a positive path. Based on years of experience, she shared many important insights into the writing business. Rosie’s love of the children for whom she writes, shines through--and she’s willing to pass it on."  —Virginia B.
"I'm in the thick of one of Rosie J. Pova's classes on children's book writing as we speak, and I truly could not be having a better experience. Each of Rosie's lessons has been so eye-opening — about ideating, the writing process, editing, the industry, all of it! It's all truly invaluable. Plus, each lesson is so clear, concise, and encouraging — I'm excited to read them before I even receive them. And then I'm excited to get to work! With Rosie's lessons and edits, I think I'm finally on my way to polishing a story I can be proud of — and, I hope, publish. Thank you, Rosie!" --Rose W.
"I had an incredible opportunity to be one of the fabulous Rosie J. Pova's 2022 mentees this winter. I'm so grateful and learned so much from her! She's a nurturing, kind, knowledgeable teacher!" -C.A.


This class is entirely asynchronous which means you complete the weekly assignments on your own schedule. There are no set meeting times in order to allow for greater participation; your cohort will consist of writers from across different time zones, which allows for a wonderful diversity of voices.

Along with your weekly deadlines there is plenty of interaction with Rosie and your peers within Wet Ink, our dedicated online classroom. Craft materials, lectures, reading assignments, and writing prompts are all available through the online classroom. Students also post work and provide and receive feedback within the online classroom environment.

You can get the work done as you see fit week-to-week, so it is perfect for any schedule. There are discussion questions each week inspired by the assigned readings and topics in the lecture notes. Students are encouraged to take these wherever is most compelling and/or useful for them. Rosie engages with these discussions throughout the week and you will receive feedback from all assigned writing activities.


Wet Ink was built and designed specifically for online writing classes. Wet Ink is private, easy to use, and very interactive. You can learn more about the Wet Ink platform by Watching a Class Demo.


You can pay for the course in full or use Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.
  • Instructor: Rosie J. Pova

  • Starts August 22nd, 2022

  • Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.

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

Instructor Rosie J. Pova is a multi-published, award-winning children's author, poet, speaker, and writing coach. Rosie's latest picture book, Sunday Rain, was released in March 2021, and her upcoming one, The School of Failure: A Story about Success will be released in spring 2022. Rosie also speaks on many women's topics and has appeared on TV, radio and print media.

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