** NEW COURSE STARTS JANUARY 2024 **
Catherine runs two rhyming picture book courses with the lovely folk over at WriteMentor.
Both courses focus on writing rhyming picture books, one is a guided course and one is an unguided course.
The Guided Course is a 6 week live online course with feedback from Catherine each week. The Guided Course also gives access to the Unguided Course videos. Dates and details can be found here.
The Unguided Course consists of a series of videos which cover all of the topics covered on the Guided Course, but which can be accessed in your own time. At the end of each session Catherine will set a homework assignment for you to complete. Details can be found here.
COMBINE FLAWLESS RHYME WITH A STRONG PLOT
Both rhyming picture books courses are aimed at picture book writers who are beginning their journey into rhyme and those already writing rhyming picture books who would like to improve.
Learn about the unique features of picture books, what is needed for a great concept, and how to combine flawless rhyme with a strong plot.
SESSION ONE: WHAT PICTURE BOOK ARE YOU WRITING?
Introduction to the course and exploration of what rhyming picture book you are writing. Find out whether you have an original concept, discover the core of your story, and decide where your book would sit in the market.
SESSION TWO: METRE
What is metre and why is it important? Learn what stressed syllables are and examine common metre patterns to ensure that you have a picture book text that rolls off the tongue.
SESSION THREE: RHYME
What makes a beautiful rhyming story? Learn all about the Rules of Rhyme and how to make your picture book sing.
SESSION FOUR: PLOT
Discover the traditional three-act story structure and how it applies to rhyming picture books. Understand what to include in your beginning, your middle and your ending.
SESSION FIVE: CHARACTER AND LAYOUT
Learn about character and the importance of picture book layout, including how your story should interact with the illustrations.
On the Guided Course each group member will be paired up with another member to critique each other’s work.
SESSION SIX: EDITING
The session explores how to edit your manuscripts and get them shining ready for submission.