EARLY REGISTRATION BONUS

Register by August 21, 2015 and receive a FREE 20-minute manuscript review from one of the instructors!

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.

About Teresa Kietlinski


Teresa joined Prospect Agency in 2009 after thirteen happy years of working in the publishing industry where she designed and art directed hundreds of children's books of all sizes and shapes. Now, she is now very excited to be on the other side of the fence, developing picture books with young authors and illustrators. Teresa reads five picture books a day—with no exceptions—and knows there is no greater joy then reading with her family. She is inspired by all that is wonderful, wacky and witty around her. Teresa has a particular fondness for silly picture books that make her laugh out loud

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 January 30, 2016) so students can work at their own pace. 
  • ​​Five webinars spaced throughout the class will address topics related to the course. 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 Facebook Group 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 or with Leeza Hernandez 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.

The September 2015 course will be taught by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Leeza Hernandez, Teresa Kietlinski of the Prospect Agency, and special guest lecturer, Agent Susan Hawk of the Bent Agency!

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

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About Susan Hawk


Susan is excited to join the faculty of Kidlit Writing School, fresh off her participation in Kidlit Summer School. As an agent, Susan Hawk represents authors who write for children of all ages, babies to teenage. Before agenting, Susan spent over fifteen years in children's book marketing at Penguin, Henry Holt and North-South Books. While at Penguin, Susan also worked for a time in Dutton Editorial, acquiring select picture book and YA projects for that list. Her favorite part of that time was reading new submissions -- finding something wonderful and imagining where it can go was thrilling to her then and remains so now.

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 September 2015, author Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and author/illustrator Leeza Hernandez are proud to offer a course in this series, a five-week course on Character Building in Picture Books.

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About Leeza Hernandez


Leeza grew up in England where she spent her playtime imagining, drawing and meeting characters from around the globe.  She’s the author/illustrator of Dog Gone! (Putnam) and its newest companion Cat Napped! and the illustrator of John Lithgow’s latest picture book Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo (S&S) and the Eat Your Homework series written by Ann McCallum (Charlesbridge). Leeza lives in Central New Jersey with her family.  Visit www.leezaworks.com.