Illustrating and Writing a Children's Picture Book


This course is a practical project based course designed to take the participant through the stages of planning, writing and illustrating for children. Students work on their own idea for a book.

Course content

You will:

  • Write and prepare a children's story
  • Make a storyboard
  • Design for book illustration
  • Learn illustration techniques

Ideal for

This is for students who wish to find out about preparing a manuscript, contemporary illustration techniques and children’s storybook publishing in Melbourne.

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Students will gain an awareness of the process involved, practical skills and techniques, recognising elements of a good picture book and a list of local publishers.


An interest in writing, drawing and/or illustration

Materials supplied

Materials for demonstrations and class exercises will be supplied.

Materials to bring

  • Students need to bring a pencil and a drawing pad to the first class
  • A list of suggested materials will be provided in the first class, (materials may cost approx. $30-50)


Participants will be awarded an RMIT Statement of Participation

Additional notes

Course Presenter - Lorette Broekstra
Lorette is a graphic designer and an award-winning illustrator of children's books. She has won the Crichton Award for illustration and has been short listed for a number of other awards. She has published many picture books both in Australia and overseas.

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