Writing Children's Picture Books
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Julia Donaldson

Writing Children's Picture Books

Do you dream of writing children's picture books? Learn from the author of The Gruffalo, who's sold more than 100M books.

  • For new writers and professionals

  • Self-paced, no deadlines

  • One-off purchase, lifetime access

The Course

Julia's industry secrets and creative tips will guide you from initial idea to final manuscript and how to get your children's picture book published.

Your Maestro

You couldn’t ask for a more qualified teacher. Julia’s books have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, won too many awards to list and been adapted into eight award-winning animated films. And she’s a former Children’s Laureate to boot. So soak up the wisdom and insight from this formidable writer and her frequent collaborators – including her agent, her editor and The Gruffalo illustrator, Axel Scheffler.


Course Notes

Course notes

110 pages

A downloadable PDF packed full of tricks, tips, and exercises to get you thinking and writing like Julia.

Course Notes

What People are Saying

I loved Julia Donaldson's clear, no-nonsense approach. She was very generous in sharing her advice and expertise. She's definitely opened up the world of children's book writing for me. As a writer who had already written a non-fiction book, it was super helpful to learn the nuances in children's fiction writing. Julia's is a fascinating world to delve into and I loved 'meeting' her, her agent, her editor and illustrator too!

- Anon

I felt so motivated taking this course. It covers everything from initial idea inspiration, story development, language patterns and then finally on to the publishing processes. Knowledge from the best in the industry - it is fantastic!

- Kara Bee

I loved Julia’s presentation of the course. It was full of tips and ideas and gave a real insight into what it takes to be a successful writer of children’s picture books.

- Gabrielle Mccallion

Insightful and thorough. Very well delivered by Julia. Sparked lots of ideas. Very inspiring!

- Ruairidh Forde

Julia offers so many fascinating insights into her writing process. I could listen to her forever!

- Joanna

I absolutely love it! Thanks @bbcmaestro. Julia is super inspiring. The course is very clear and informative. I'm loving learning all about picture books from the Queen of rhythm and rhyme! Julia's books are firm favourites in our house and it's an honour to be her student.

- Sidra Ansari

Thinking of writing a children's picture book? Honestly, I can't praise this @bbcmaestro course highly enough. 25 modules, 6+ hours of learning from the very best in the business. I've learnt so much and come away with 3 exciting book ideas. Highly recommended.

- Tony Walsh

I'm really enjoying Julia Donaldson's @bbcmaestro course. I've re-imagined a fairy tale and I'm dreaming up a 'baddy'.

- Anna Chorlton

I'm enjoying the course. Lots of practical information with worksheets to print out to help with story-telling and characterisation and much more.

- Carol

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