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Planning a Non-Fiction Picture Book

20 September - 29 November 2024
Fridays, 10:00 – 12:00 UK Time (UK Time)

Learn all the essentials for turning fascinating facts into brilliant books with Owen Davey.

This in-depth intermediate level course will support you to create your non-fiction book, focussing on how to plan books that display information in an accessible and engaging way for your audience.

With guidance from award-winning illustrator Owen Davey, you will learn how to research effectively and plan your pages, while developing your unique way of creating images. You will get valuable insight into how to take your book to the next level by presenting it to publishers.

Our small class size of no more than 16 students will ensure that you receive personalised feedback from Owen in a relaxed and friendly learning environment. By the end of ten weeks, you will have a plan for your book, some finished spreads and the knowledge you need to take it forward.

Course content includes:


  • Effective research techniques

  • Approaches to non-fiction

  • Refining your project goals

  • Condensing text


  • Layout

  • Pace and flow

  • Style

  • Colour theory

  • Converting thumbnails into sketches

  • Refining final artworks

Professional development

  • Finding an agent

  • Contacting potential clients

  • Contracts, advances and royalties

  • Presenting your work

Full price: £450.00Concessions: £360.00 (use code PNFPB0924 during checkout)

Concessions are available for students, those on income-supporting benefits and early career illustrators (who have been practicing for under three years).

Disabled ticket holders can book a free ticket for their personal assistant or companion at the same time as their own full price or concessionary ticket.

Ticket bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.

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