Children’s Writing and Illustrating course at Book and Kitchen, London

This event is running from 15 September 2015 until 01 December 2015. It is next occurring at 6:00pm Tuesday 24th November 2015

Children’s Writing and Illustrating course

BOOK AND KITCHEN LTDAre you interested in becoming a children’s book writer or illustrator?

10 Week Course in Notting Hill, London
Every Tuesday from 15th September to 1st December 2015, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

This course will develop your skills as a Picture Book Maker from an initial idea, to creating characters, roughs, and a dummy book, to finally approaching a publisher with your work.

You will find out how to develop your work using text and image to tell a story, based on the works of some of our most famous children’s writers and illustrators. This course is unique in both it’s environment and content, and will inspire you to create your own children’s books. This course will also help you be more critical of the books you choose to read, giving you a wide breadth and understanding of the picture book world. With a maximum number of ten places, the course seeks to give each individual undivided attention and time on a one to one basis. You will receive - as part of the course fee - Karenanne’s new book from which you can develop your skills between classes.

Over ten sessions we will also invite publishers and children’s book authors and illustrators into the classes to discuss the field, and your individual work. You will therefore also get a perspective from newly published authors and illustrators, on their experiences in creating, developing, and publishing their work; whilst publishers will provide you with an insight into the publishing process and what they are seeking in finding new voices in the industry.

The course follows an established curriculum as outlined below.

- Introduction to the course
– Introduction to the picture book
– Look at what already exists in the picture book market
– Discussion of your favourite books
– Initial ideas – Bringing your characters alive
– Characters and Characterisation
– Location, Setting and Situation – creating believable settings
– Developing your ideas in words and image
– The plot and sub plot
– Fusing text and image
– The illustration process
– Writing and illustrating for the educational market
– Story and Transfiguration
– Story devices, techniques and editing
– Developing your picture story books
– Creating a dummy book
– Colour spreads
– Approaching a publisher or agent


Reviews of Karenanne’s book “The Picture Book Maker

“Worth its weight in gold. A go-to book for anyone wishing to enter the picture book industry, ’The Picture Book Maker’ would be a welcome addition to any illustrator’s or author’s bookshelf.”
Emma Yarlett, -author of Sidney, Stella and the Moon; and Orion and the Dark

This book delivers a full exposition of narrative development, symbiosis of text and image, visual language and professional practice for the many student illustrators who have ambitions to author stories for young audiences. It must be included in all essential reading lists for both undergraduate and post graduate study of this discipline. -Professor Alan Male


Biiography of Karenanne Knight
Dr Karenanne Knight is a lecturer in Illustration and Creative Writing at Falmouth University. She writes and illustrates books for children and is currently developing a new series of picture book stories. Previously Karenanne lectured at the University of the Arts: Central St Martins and Winchester University. She has been a guest speaker at various universities including Kingston, Glamorgan and the University of New England, Australia.

Karenanne has presented her work nationally, and in the UK, and to a worldwide audience. She also writes for journals and designs and illustrates work for the creative, commercial and corporate markets including book covers, editorial and advertising.

While writing and illustrating work for children is her greatest passion, she also creates bespoke work for clients such as CAMRA, First Great Western and the NHS.. Karenanne works in a variety of contexts and has enjoyed collaborations with clients such as the British Army, the Royal Ballet and the National Trust. Her work can be seen in numerous hotels, restaurants and private collections and she has exhibited at Truro Cathedral, the National Trust’s Trelilssick Gardens, in a shipping container at Lizard Point in Cornwall and with the Regus group.

Karenanne really enjoys working with watercolour, coloured pencil and mixed media. She has a passion for text and typography and ideas and stimulus generated through a vivid imagination based on the sea and the beautiful countryside that surrounds her.

– A notebook
– A sketchbook of choice
– Pencils
– Pen
– Coloured Pencil Crayons
– Medium of your choice to work in (this could be for example water-colour, acrylic, water-based oils. Please refrain from bringing in oil based paints)

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