What You Will Learn

The ability to create compelling characters in the compact space of a picture book is a skill mastered by successful picture book authors. This course will teach you the fundamentals of developing characters who are multifaceted, interesting, and endearing, starting with Archetypes, Backstory, and Character Flaws -- and then, as with other courses in the A to Z series, literally taking you through the alphabet. Each topic will be explored in depth, both in the lessons and in the discussion forums and webinars. The writing exercises that are a part of of the course are designed to help you apply the lessons to your own writing seamlessly and immediately. By the end of the course, you will never look at picture book characters the same way again!

How the course is structured:

  • Lessons will be posted daily Mondays-Fridays during the five weeks of the course. They will remain online for four months (until June 30, 2015) so students can work at their own pace. 
  • ​​A weekly webinar will address topics related to the class. Webinars will also provide an opportunity for personal feedback from the instructors. They will be recorded and available for students to access for four months after the completion of the course.
  • Students will be able to interact with the instructors and each other via an organized, private message board hosted just for each class as well as through the Kidlit Writing School private Facebook group. This will be an excellent resource to form critique groups, to freely ask questions, and to support each other as you launch into your projects.​

Optional Add on Critique: Add an in-depth picture book manuscript critique with an hour-long Skype session with Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen at a special class-only discounted rate.

About Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Sudipta is an award-winning author of over 40 books spanning almost every genre of children's literature. She sold her first picture book in 2004. Since then, she has 18 picture books either published or scheduled for publication. At a time when the picture book market is considered "soft," Sudipta has learned how to write manuscripts that sell -- and it is that knowledge that informs her teaching philosophy. To learn more about Sudipta and her books, please visit her website.

Kidlit Writing Scho​ol

The Picture Book A to Z series is designed to be a collection of master level classes that cover all of the fundamentals of picture book craft. While each class is complete on its own, taken together, the series will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about picture books -- and a lot more! In January 2015, author Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen is proud to offer the second in this series, a five-week course on Character Building in Picture Books.

PiBoIdMo Discount!

To receive 10% off on your registration for Character Building in Picture Books, please click on the option you'd like and enter the following code at checkout:


Early Registration Bonus!

Register for this course by December 6, 2014 and receive a FREE 20 minute Skype or telephone critique with Sudipta!

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As a PiBoIdMo participant, you're eligible for a discount on courses and packages at Kidlit Writing School! Scroll down for the coupon code to use during checkout at our Square Market store. The discount is only available through Picture Book Idea Month, so please register before November 30, 2014! (Oh, and you'll still get the bonus 20-minute critique!)

Who Should Take This Class

Character Building in Picture Books is for writers of all levels. Beginning Writers will establish a proper and strong foundation for all future writing. Intermediate Writers and Advanced Writers will fine tune their skills to perfect their works-in-progress. Because each class is highly interactive, each student has many opportunities to get what he or she specifically needs from Sudipta and from the class community at large.

Picture Book A to Z's: Character Building in Picture Books 

Classes begin January 26, 2015.