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Introduction to Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books

Introduction to Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books

This course will introduce you to the various stages of the Design Thinking Process around what makes a good picture book for children. It will encourage creative exploration and experimentation of a range of media and techniques within the writing and illustrating children’s picture books.

You will receive workshop demonstrations to outline the key design principles followed by personalised support to help you create your own work.

At the end of each stage of the design process, there will be a group critique during which you will self-criticise and evaluate your own work and offer constructive criticism on the work of others in the group.

What will you study?

On this course you will learn:

  • The Design Thinking Process as a framework for creativity
  • Techniques available to communicate with the reader/audience
  • The practical exploration of media and techniques within a storytelling environment
  • To encourage evaluative thinking in your own individual creative writing and illustration
  • Produce a portfolio of original writing and development into visual storytelling

Course dates



Wrexham Glyndwr University, Regent Street Campus


Critical discussion will take place during and at the end of assignments with group critiques and individual tuition forming the basis of ongoing formative assessment.

A body of work presenting the design development and production will be presented at the end of the module. Students will be assessed on their exploration of generating ideas for stories and the relationship of text and image in their solution to storytelling. This should be supported by documentation of the working methods and contextual influences that the student has become aware of and used during the course of the module.




To book 

To book your place, visit the online shop. 

Please note: Due to the changing coronavirus situation we may need to cancel or postpone future face to face courses. If you do decide to book and a course is cancelled you will be offered a full refund.


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