Writing Picture Books Revised and Expanded edition by Ann Whitford Paul. A hands on guide from storytelling to publication.
How to Write a Picture Book and Get it Published, 2nd Edition by Andrea Shavick. A comprehensive guide on writing and publishing a picture book.
Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody. A comprehensive book on novel writing.
The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books by Linda Ashman. A detailed guide to writing picture books. Packed with instructions, exercises, resources and encouragement. Turning idea’s into ready-to-submit manuscripts.
Picture Book Writers
Josh Funk’s Guide To Picture Books Free lessons and links to resources on how to write picture books.
Julie Hedlunds 12 x 12 Challenge A year long writing challenge, with the aim to write 12 picture book drafts. Members get access to writers at all levels. Offering support, motivation and accountability.
Storyteller Academy An academy for writers and illustrators to craft stories. Membership offers live events, workshops and mentored critique groups. Individual self study courses and ‘one-on-one’ critiques also available.
Picture Book Summit Once a year summit for picture book writers. Workshops, agents and editor panels, plus a submission opportunities.
Making Picture Book Magic 4 week course on how to writer picture books.
Rhythm & Rhyme Workshop A video series by Literary agent Michelle Witte, showing writers how to write in rhyme.
For All Writers
The Lyrical Language Lab A place to learn about rhyme, meter and poetic techniques. Lessons, writing courses and ‘Peek & Critique’ with Children’s poet, author, teacher and speaker Renee Latulippe. For picture book, middle grade and young adult children’s writers. Here’s her YouTube channel.
Inked Voices A platform for writing groups, workshops and critiques from professionals.
Highlights Foundation Workshops and retreats for children’s writers and illustrators. Online and in-person.
The Writer’s Loft A non-profit writing community organization located in Sherborn, Mass. Although most workshops are offered on campus, some are available online.
The Writing Barn A writing community offering retreats, classes, mentoring, industry webinars, book launches, literary events and workshops.
Writing Blueprints Online writing courses and workshops. Pick a genre or category of book and revise in steps.
Write Mentor A writing community offering mentorship, online courses, virtual events and a hub for writers to connect.
Reedys Free writing courses. Select a topic, browse lessons and enroll on free 10 day courses.
Kidlit411 A one stop info shop for children’s writers and illustrators. Links to articles, author and illustrator and agents spotlights, challenges, conferences and workshops, contests and awards, critique groups and book giveaways.
Nakisa Nooraee A children’s writer, dissecting the craft of writing picture books.
Picture Book Summit A podcast sharing insight on the craft of writing, illustrating, and publishing picture books from the industry.
Literaticast Literary agent Jennifer Laughran and her friends talk about writing and publishing books for children and young adult.
Authors & Agents With Rose Quinn. Conversations with authors and agents about all things publishing.
The Manuscript Academy Conversations with agents, editors and writers who can help you on your writing journey.