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Short Course

Developing Concepts into Stories

With Joe Todd Stanton & Harriet Birkinshaw

In this one-day Masterclass, you will learn how to take your initial concepts, characters and ideas and develop them into picture book stories.

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Unravel the complex processes involved in developing ideas into stories – and the collaborative role that publishing editors play in helping structure narrative concepts into published books. Lessons will focus on creating children’s stories by looking at how to build narrative and meaning around a central character. 

Using animals and three act structures as a starting point, attendees will be taught a range of storytelling techniques (hero’s journey, show don’t tell, pathetic fallacy, etc)  for the purpose of teaching them how to write and draw their own short story.

The activity will be to create a central character based around an animal. Using the traits/attributes of this animal as a starting point, you  will give your character meaning and personality and ultimately use this to create a three act narrative.


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Speakers: Joe Todd Stanton & Harriet Birkinshaw

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This was definitely the best, and most inspiring course that I have participated in over the years!

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Pathways Plus is a series of Masterclasses and Short Courses for all aspiring illustrators, delivered by award-winning illustrators and highly-experienced children’s book publishers. The courses provide an amazing opportunity to learn how to illustrate children’s books from the best in the industry as well as giving participants a real insight into the world of children’s publishing.

Pathways Plus courses can be taken as one-offs or as a package and have been developed by the same team who created Pathways Into Children’s Publishing, a unique, highly-acclaimed two-year professional training programme for aspiring and emerging illustrators.

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