Writing Picture Books Masterclass

Writing Picture Books Masterclass

It’s time for your picture book to take flight

This course is ideal for: Graduates of Writing Picture Books who want to get published

You will:
Discover how to structurally edit your manuscript
Master a strong narrative voice
Understand how to think like an editor
Make your picture book appealing to publishers
Learn the right way to pitch your idea






Starts Monday 11 November 2019 ,
At your own pace

So you’ve written your picture book. Now what?

  • Give your picture book the best chance for success.
  • Tighten your prose and make your story more compelling.
  • Master line editing, patterning and rhythm.
  • Learn skills you can apply to any picture book.

Congratulations! You have followed the rules, techniques and guidelines to creating your own picture book manuscript. So, it just needs pictures and you're done, right?

Not so fast.

The picture book publishing process is a long one, so it makes sense to ensure yours is the best it can be, before you introduce your story to the world. Is your manuscript ready to submit to publishers? This masterclass will help you decide – for your current story and any you write in the future.

Open only to graduates of the Australian Writers’ Centre course in Writing Picture Books, this masterclass will help remove the fog of this tricky transition from writing to selling your book. After all, you only have one shot at this, so it makes sense to get it right.

Maybe you’ve been so inspired that you’ve written several picture books. How do you determine which one is the best? Alternatively, you may be looking for that final spark of guidance to iron out your story.

And then there’s the question of getting an editor’s attention.
The good news is that all of this is covered.

How the Writing Picture Books Masterclass works

This masterclass won’t tell you how to shape a new story (that’s what our foundation course is for). Instead, you work on your current manuscript – and improve it. You will also learn how to pitch them effectively to an editor of a publishing house.

In addition to learning the theory behind how to undertake a structural edit, you go deeper into essential picture book writing techniques, on style, point of view and narrative position.

An essential part of getting published is ensuring that you have the right tools at your disposal. So you’ll also work on your blurb and pitch. This way, you’ll be ready to pitch your book when you connect with a publisher.

Importantly, this course will give you the skills so that you’ll know how to put on your editor’s hat and be confident in assessing all your future manuscripts.

You will:

  • discover whether your manuscript is marketable – or what you need to do to make it more appealing
  • polish the pitch for your book – because a publisher won’t even look at your manuscript if they aren’t hooked in by your pitch.
  • receive valuable one-on-one feedback from an industry expert on your blurb and pitch.

You will learn how to think like an editor and discover how to cast a critical eye over your manuscript – whether it works from a structural point of view and whether you have created the right characters. You’ll know what your writing strengths are, and how to build on them.

We’ll delve deeply into picture books, looking at examples and discussing different writing techniques throughout the day. A celebration of story, characters and structure.

One of the best parts of this masterclass is that you can do it all online – at your own pace. With 10 modules, there are exercises in each module to help gain a deeper understanding of the industry and how your book fits into it. When you complete all the modules, you’ll be able to refine your manuscript and your pitch for your best chance at success.

Your course creator

Cathie Tasker is a fiction editor with more than 25 years’ experience and has also been a judge of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and the Aurealis Awards. Cathie has worked for children’s publishers such as HarperCollins Publishers, Scholastic Australia and Koala Books. She has edited books by Mem Fox, Jackie French, Bruce Whatley, Judith Rossell, Sue Whiting, Pamela Freeman, Coral Vass, Craig Smith, Dee Huxley, Hazel Edwards, Ann James, Matt Cosgrove, Meredith Costain, Rod Clement, Sally Odgers, Patricia Mullins, Rodney McRae, Pamela Lofts, Junko Morimoto and more. Many of her students end up with published deals.

Cathie’s  insights and insider information will be invaluable for you at this stage of your journey – sharing tips that you will keep for life. This Masterclass is an incredible opportunity to get one-on-one feedback from Cathie about your pitch.

This course is exclusively available to all graduates of Writing Picture Books who want to take their writing further. It’s suitable for students who have studied Writing Picture Books face-to-face or online.

Get confidence and a clear path forward for your manuscript.
Places are limited. Book your spot for this exclusive Masterclass today!

Enjoy exclusive access to our AWC Graduates’ Club

Want to know where all the cool kids hang out? The Graduates’ Club of course! Now, calm down – there’s no cigars, leather armchairs or loud ticking grandfather clocks here. But it IS exclusive invitation only (on completion of a course) and it’s free!  Meet other writers online and share successes, seek help or just get something off your chest. Many students believe this ‘legacy learning’ is one of the most valuable things about our AWC community, and who are we to argue? So if you want to receive feedback, support and a heads-up on opportunities … join the Club!


We’ll bring the world-class course content, industry-savvy presenters and a diverse community of like-minded people.
You just bring yourself.