Picture This: Writing Picture Books for Children | Newberry

Picture This: Writing Picture Books for Children

Led by Esther Hershenhorn. Seven sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Wednesdays, September 30 - November 11

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.

As a precaution to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Adult Education Seminars Program’s Fall 2020 term will continue to be held virtually. Virtual seminars meet via Zoom video conference and use email and Google Drive folders to share resources and communicate with instructors and participants. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars and these tools, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please feel free to reach out to seminars@newberry.org.

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Seminar Description

This workshop focuses on how to create and write a successful children’s picture book that will connect with today’s young readers and our ever-changing marketplace. Participants’ manuscripts will be shared and discussed to highlight the variety of picture books and structures, craft, the writing process, and publishing opportunities. Writers of all levels will be offered a supportive, challenging, and encouraging environment.

Seven sessions. Registration – $250

Esther Hershenhorn has authored award-winning picture books and middle grade fiction. She also coaches children’s book writers and recently served on The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Board of Advisors.

Materials List


  • Ann Paul, Writing Picture Books. Writer’s Digest, 2018. ISBN: 978-1-4403-5375-8.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first session of this seminar.

Registration Information

Online registration opens at 9 am (CDT) on Tuesday, September 1st.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, the Adult Education Seminars staff is working remotely and will be unable to process registration over the phone. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at seminars@newberry.org.

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar has reached capacity. Please email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.