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NOTE: This course will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform.
Class meets Thursdays for five sessions, 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm ET 

Attention primary educators, author-illustrators, and visual storytellers! Looking for a creative project? Take your picture book idea from concept to industry-standard dummy book ready for submission to agents/publishers or further development into a self-published book. This five-week, immersive, online-learning experience explores the art form of the picture book through group and individual meetings, as well as shared readings and resources.

Participants will be guided through the process of picture book manuscript writing and revision, thumbnail sketches/storyboarding and the creation of a thoughtfully considered and compelling ‘dummy book ’ which is the industry standard for submitting your book idea to agents and publishers (and best practice for an independently published book.) Through weekly prompts/assignments, participants will be encouraged to stay on track to complete a dummy book within the course timeframe, however the instructor will design the content of meetings and handouts so that participants have the knowledge and tools to complete their project at any time.  A familiarity of book layout using InDesign is recommended.



All images:  ©Lucky Platt,

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Instructor: Lucky Platt

Author-illustrator Lucky Platt creates books for children in her lakeside rural Maine studio. She works in a range of traditional art mediums, and her stories explore themes of resilience, healing, positive self expression and inclusion. She has presented art and writing workshops for children and adults through the Maine Crafts Association, Schoodic Arts for All, the Maine Arts Commission and Rockland Public Library, and has shown her artwork in galleries and non-traditional/unexpected art spaces in Maine and New York. In early 2020, she left her work as an arts administrator to devote all of her time to writing and illustrating. She has created two self-published picture books on commission; Imagine a Wolf (Page Street Kids, January 2021) is her debut picture book for the trade market. Lucky is a two-time recipient of an Individual Artist Project Grant from the Maine Arts Commission (2016, 2020), a two-time recipient of an Anderson Ranch Art Center scholarship (2019, 2020), and a recipient of an Ox-Bow Artists’Residency scholarship for printmaking (2004). She studied painting, drawing and printmaking at Vassar College, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Complutense City University of Madrid, and has enriched her craft with workshops at the Maine Women Writers’Collection, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Farnsworth Art Museum and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts among others.