Introduction to Writing and Illustration of Children’s Books Atwea College

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Introduction to Writing and Illustration of Children’s Books

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Welcome to the world of literature for young readers! This introductory course will cover styles, formats, and storytelling fundamentals. Discover the captivating relationship between words and images that resonate with children. We’ll explore voice, rhyme, character, dialogue, and cultural context to inspire your creativity. In a relaxed atmosphere, you’ll write your own children’s stories and learn the art of drawing and painting for them. Get ready to create engaging visual texts and understand their interaction with written narratives.

The course you will learn:

1.      General formats in picture books.

Story structure.

Use of repetition and sensory experience.

2.      Dealing with emotions (fear, resentment, anger).

Conflict and resolution. Tension.


       2D Backgrounds.

3.      Anthropomorphism, representing readers through stories with animals or objects.

Metaphor and other figurative language elements.

Fables and moral lessons.

       3D backgrounds.

4.      Children’s literature through time (a reflexion of society) evolving characters and relationships.

Language and voice.

Narration and dialogue.

       Visual and tactile textured backgrounds.

5.      Cultural echoes, stories found in different cultures.

The female representation and feminism.

Myths and legends, origins and change to maintain the status quo.

       Symbolism in shapes and colours.

6.      Dealing with big issues (war, refugees, illness, divorce, death).

Verbalising trauma and suggesting healing paths.

Difference between tone, mood and atmosphere.

       Framing, composition.


Face to face.


1.5hours x 6 weeks


Course enrolment must be accompanied by a fee; we are unable to hold places for people or accept deposits on Lifestyle courses. Once enrolment is completed students will receive a course confirmation either in writing or by email.  This course confirmation constitutes a receipt.

Parking fees may apply at some venues.


To find out more about your tutor click on their name above to see their resume.


To ensure resources are ready for you at the start of your course, we ask you ideally enrol at least one week before the course commences.


Please check your confirmation letter to ensure you have the correct time, date and location of your course as well as any necessary requirements. There is a room directory located at each venue directing you to your classroom. 

Bring With You

Notebook, pens, laptop, scissors and crayons (plus other drawing mediums you might already have)



What We Provide

Course handouts

Go Home With

An understanding of how to write and illustrate children’s books. Ideas to keep refining.


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This policy outlines your options for situations where Atwea College cancels a course, or where you are unable to attend the course you have enrolled in. Please contact one of our friendly staff if you have any enquiries or need to make any changes to your enrolment.

Continued Learning

If you enjoyed this course you might like to try Introduction to creative writing.

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