Friday, January 13, 2012

How to Write Picture Books: Walking on a Rainbow Workshop with Mayra Calvani

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a children’s picture book author? Perhaps you have lots of ideas sure to delight young readers, yet aren’t quite sure how to get started? Or maybe you’ve already tried your hand at it, but don’t feel confident enough to submit yet? If you’ve answered ‘Yes’ to these questions, then this is the workshop for you!
Walking on a Rainbow: A Fiction Picture Book Workshop

During the course, you’ll have the chance to write the complete first draft of a fiction picture book manuscript under 700 words. Why under 700 words? Because you want your story to be as marketable as possible and 700 and under is the word count agents and publishers are after these days. You’ll be able to draft your story while learning the key elements that make a fiction picture book a success. Feedback will be provided throughout the workshop.

Walking on a Rainbow: A Fiction Picture Book Workshop consists of ten lessons, which will be transmitted one lesson per week for ten weeks.

What better way to “test drive” this comprehensive workshop, then by opting-in today at and receive the first two lessons of Calvani’s Walking on a Rainbow: A Fiction Picture Book Workshop, as well as the free eBook, Tips for Children’s Writers.

After completing lessons one and two and you decide writing picture books will make your imagination soar visit to sign up for the complete ten lessons of Walking on a Rainbow: A Fiction Picture Book Workshop.
What attendees are saying…

“The workshop ‘Walking on a Rainbow’ was a blast!! I had so much fun, and I learned a wealth of information about writing picture books! The absolute best part was the invaluable feedback Mayra provided after every writing assignment. I highly recommend this workshop to anyone remotely considering writing picture books. In fact, I’d love to take this workshop again.” - Arsoleen Woolcock

“Walking on a Rainbow, the picture book workshop led by Mayra Calvani, was the perfect catalyst I needed to get published. Mayra broke down the dynamics of a picture book using clear, succinct language. Her examples and analysis of published books helped further explain each lesson, and her knowledge of the picture book market was evident throughout the course. I have taken other classes in the past and read other craft books on writing for children but Mayra’s method pulled it all together for me. Her personal critiques of each participant’s work throughout the lessons were extremely beneficial. I personally, printed out Mayra’s lessons, and keep my “Walking on a Rainbow textbook” handy. I would highly recommend Walking on a Rainbow for anyone wanting to write in the picture book genre.” – Suzanne Purvis

About Mayra Calvani:

Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults. Her children’s picture books include Crash, The Magic Violin, Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster, Frederico, the Mouse Violinist, The Doll Violinist, and the upcoming The Fox in the Night, and Water Play. She’s had over 300 reviews, articles, stories and interviews published online and in print. She’s represented by Mansion Street Literary Management. Visit her website at

Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

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