Perfecting the Picture Book II: A Deeper Understanding, and Draft, Draft, Drafting

Date(s): Starts April 04, 2017 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM – Six sessions
Cost: $386.50 PayPal, $375 email [email protected] to pay via check
Faculty: Jason Gallaher and T.A. Cate Berry
Maximum Class Size: 15
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Join us for Perfecting the Picture Book II, taught by Jason Gallaher

Perfecting the picture book is not an easy task. In 500 words or less, an author must convey character, setting, emotional drive, and provide a surprise but satisfying conclusion with enough wit or spark that the child reader begs for it to be read again. Throw in some word play, read-a-loud ability, and the relationship between text and art, and one may have the makings of a masterpiece.

Classes will be Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9pm at the Writing Barn on 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, and 5/16


These topics will be covered:

  • picture book settings: the familiar, exotic or a combination
  • character drive and intention
  • rule of three
  • page turns/storyboarding
  • components of humor
  • picture book structure


Along with lessons and exercises, the focus of this 6 week workshop will be on drafting new material. Over the course of the class, students will draft 3 to 4 picture books: a rhyming text, picture book pairs, a bedtime book or alphabet book, a humorous story, and a serious/lyrical text. Each of the drafts will receive 1 read and written critique with Jason via email between classes and the writer will choose 2 texts to be read and workshopped by the entire class.


Who should take this class:

  • writers who have taken Picture Book I
  • agented picture book writers
  • picture book writers looking for idea generation


If you don’t meet the above requirements, please email stating why you want to take the class and attach a picture book manuscript sample.

Class size is limited so REGISTER NOW!



Jason Gallaher is a children’s book writer who fell in love with detective work while watching episodes of Blue’s Clues. He solved the mystery of what to do when he grew up and became an author when he learned being a merman is impossible (at least for now). Jason lives in Austin, Texas, with his Pomeranian, Pom Brokaw, who is a super sleuth when it comes to finding treats. Visit Jason online at



CateBerry HeadshotCate Berry is a children’s writer based in Austin, Texas. Her debut picture book Penguin and Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime (Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins) releases Spring/2018. She currently attends Vermont College of Fine Arts, Writing for Children and Young Adult MFA program (graduating July/2017). Ms. Berry began writing picture books at The Writing Barn (2014) and urges others with similar dreams to enroll with Bethany Hegedus and her experienced staff “as fast as humanly possible.”