Course curriculum

  • 1
    Welcome
    • Welcome
    • Jim Averbeck
  • 2
    Resources
    • Intro
    • Course Syllabus
    • Course Forum
    • Workshop Calendar
    • Downloadable Files (Assignments)
  • 3
    Module 1: PICTURE BOOK BASICS
    • Lesson 1: Types of Illustrated Books
    • Lesson 2: Construction of the Picture Book
    • Lesson 3: How Book Structure Affects Story
    • Lesson 4: To Rhyme, or Not to Rhyme
    • Lesson 5: Branching Exercise to Generate Ideas
    • Lesson 6: Proper Manuscript Format
    • Assignment
  • 4
    Module 2: DEVELOPING IDEAS FOR PICTURE BOOKS
    • Lesson 1: Creating a Critique Group
    • Lesson 2: Giving a Good Critique
    • Lesson 3: Receiving a Critique Well
    • Lesson 4: "The Assignment"
    • Lesson 5: MY PROCESS: A Child's World
    • Lesson 6: MY PROCESS: Variation on a Theme
    • Lesson 7: MY PROCESS: Questions & Connections for a Theme
    • Lesson 8: MY PROCESS: Flipping Expectations
    • Lesson 9: MY PROCESS: Research & Write
    • Assignment: Write Your First Draft
  • 5
    Implementation Week #1
    • Milestone #1
  • 6
    Module 3: WRITING TECHNIQUE FOR PICTURE BOOKS
    • Lesson 1: STORY SHAPE: "The Triangle"
    • Lesson 2: Other Story Shapes
    • Lesson 3: Writing Approach: Character vs. Plot
    • Lesson 4: Creating Interesting Characters
    • Lesson 5: Creating Interesting Plots
    • Lesson 6: Foundational Revision
    • Assignment
  • 7
    Module 4: HIERARCHY OF REVISION
    • Intro
    • Lesson 1: Hierarchy
    • Lesson 2: Beginnings & Endings
    • Lesson 3: Pacing
    • Lesson 4: Dialogue
    • Lesson 5: Subtext
    • Lesson 6: Action Verb & Word Choice
    • Lesson 7: Objectivity
    • Assignment
  • 8
    Implementation Week #2
    • Milestone #2
  • 9
    Module 5: WRITING WITH THE ILLUSTRATOR IN MIND
    • Intro
    • Geode
    • Lesson 1: Settings
    • Lesson 2: Action, Movement, and Character
    • Lesson 3: Illustrator Strengths
    • Lesson 4: Writing Tips to Open the Door for Illustrator
    • Assignment
  • 10
    Module 6: THE EMOTIONAL HEART OF THE STORY
    • Lesson 1: Emotional Entities
    • Lesson 2: How Emotion Drives the Story
    • Lesson 3: Writing Emotion
    • Lesson 4: Deepening Emotion
    • Lesson 5: Interview with Gianna
    • Assignment
  • 11
    Implementation Week #3
    • Milestone #3
  • 12
    Course Completed
    • CONGRATULATIONS! What's Next?