Picture Book I ONLINE with Sarah Sullivan

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Thursday, January 18, 2018
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Times: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Central
$375; $386.50 via PayPal. To pay via check, email [email protected]

Sarah Sullivan

Class Size:

Number of Sessions:
6 classes, Thursday evenings: 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22.

We are thrilled to bring our enormously successful Picture Book I, II, and III series ONLINE. Past Perfecting the Picture Book I, II and III students, have gone on to sign with top agents and garner picture book contracts and now you don’t have to live in Austin to dive deep into picture book craft.

About this Class:

This deep study and analysis of structure and form paves the way for all that is to come. There will be a lesson presented each week with exercises and each writer will be critiqued at least once by the instructor before the group workshop.

This six-week class will cover the following topics:

  • character intention
  • kid-friendliness
  • thinking visually
  • drafting
  • revising
  • voice
  • the rule of three
  • structure and story-boarding
  • page turns
  • read-a-loud ability
  • humor
  • picture book pairs
  • writing a picture book query

ONLINE classes are taught in real time in our virtual Zoom classrooms. Instructions for online learning with The Writing Barn are located here.

This Six-Week Picture Book I is offered through The Writing Barn’s online Zoom programming and will offer students a chance to share their work with other writers from all over the country, building a diversity of perspective as well as a community of hard-working, serious artists.

Dates of the Full Series, Thursday evenings:   1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22   *if absent for a class the instructor may record the class for later viewing.


Class size is limited so REGISTER NOW!

**Terms and conditions:  Please note that all Writing Barn classes and events are nonrefundable and nontransferable to another class. You may transfer your attendance to another writer.**

What past Perfecting the Picture Book I and II  students have said:

“The class offered a great overview of the picture book writing process as well as insights into the business of children’s publishing. Having an instructor who has published a children’s book lends great credibility to the course.”

“Hearing others’ manuscripts, and learning about the editing and review process of peers was very insightful.”


Sarah Sullivan is the author of one middle grade novel, All That’s Missing, (starred review The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books) and five picture books, including the forthcoming A Day for Skating, ill. Madeline Valentine (Candlewick, 2019). Her 2011 picture book, Passing The Music Down, ill. Barry Root, was an N.C.T.E. Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts, a Bank Street College Best Children’s Book, a nominee for the WV Children’s Choice Award and was chosen to represent the state of West Virginia at the National Book Festival. Her picture book, Once Upon a Baby Brother, ill. Tricia Tusa, (FSG-Macmillan 2010), was a Bank Street College Best Children’s Book and her book, Dear Baby: Letters from Your Big Brother, ill. Paul Meisel, (Candlewick 2005), won an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award. Sarah holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College and is the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. She has taught at the Highlights Foundation and at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD as well as having led picture book workshops in schools, libraries, bookstores and other venues throughout the country. Sarah lives with her husband in Williamsburg, Virginia, and, when not writing or doing school visits, enjoys long walks, paddling on a lake or river and attending films and live theater.