Picture Perfect: Crafting a Successful Picture Book Manuscript


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Many people believe that it’s easy to write a book for children: type out a page or two, add a moral at the end, and voila, there’s a picture book!

But as writers, we know that out of all the genres of creative writing, picture books can be the most challenging.

The shorter text of a picture book leaves less room for error. Every word must be carefully chosen and age-appropriate. Every concept must be carved and shaped to leave the greatest impact. 

And to complicate things further, the audience for picture books is BOTH children and adults. While it’s written for children, a parent must also love the book enough to buy it for their kids, then see enough value in it to want to read it to them over and over. 

It sounds daunting, but it’s not impossible!

Learning to write a great picture book takes time, practice, and lots of revision. But how do you know what your story needs in order to make it shine?

Asmaa Hussein, Founder of Ruqaya's Bookshelf, and Hajera Khaja, Editor at Ruqaya's Bookshelf, bring you: Picture Perfect: Crafting a Successful Picture Book Manuscript

Course Details:

  • Module 1: Ideas & Structure
    How to know if you have a strong story idea, and how to structure your picture book manuscript to build suspense and keep readers’ interest  engaged
  • Module 2: Characters
    How to create strong and memorable characters in your story who readers can connect with and root for
  • Module 3: Show, Don’t Tell
    How to write scenes that transport the reader off the page and into the world of the story
  • Module 4: Beginnings & Endings 
    How to write strong beginnings that pique the reader's interest and write endings that are surprising and satisfying.

 What's Included:

  • 4 modules where you’ll learn the most important craft elements of a picture book 
  • Writing exercises to practice the techniques you've learned and revise your own stories
  • Membership to a Facebook group where you can connect with other writers and have the opportunity to form writing groups or critique groups


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Learning how to write strong and powerful stories is not difficult. Once you’re familiar with the craft elements, it’s just a matter of patience and perseverance, and trusting that your story will come together in due time. 

This mini-course will give you the tools that you need to go back to stories that you’re stuck on. If you have stories that keep getting rejected from publishers or stories that need something more but you’re not sure what, this course will help you identify those missing ingredients. 

“Picture Perfect” will give you the tools and the motivation to finally put pen to paper and write the stories you were meant to write.




What if I’ve never written a picture book? Will I benefit from this course?

Yes! It’s best if you have already written something so you can go through the lessons and revise your picture book manuscript step by step. But even if you don’t have a manuscript, you’ll learn what it takes to write a good picture book and will have the knowledge and tools on how to revise it.

When does this course start and end?

Picture Perfect is a self-paced online course with each module available to watch on our platform. You’ll receive access to the modules and activities as soon as you sign up. There is no start or end date to the program.

Does this course cover everything that I need to know to write a great picture book?

This isn’t an exhaustive course as it’s not possible to cover everything in 4 modules. For example, we don’t cover concept picture books or elements of lyrical language like rhyme and meter. But Picture Perfect will cover the most important things when it comes to making sure you have a story that is working well on the page.

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If you have any questions about the course, please email us at info@ruqayasbookshelf.com

All sales are nonrefundable

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