Arts + Literature Laboratory

Arts + Literature Laboratory

Arts + Literature Laboratory Picture Book Writing

Picture Book Writing


Arts + Literature Laboratory

Arts + Literature Laboratory Picture Book Writing



Sat, Jul 30, 2022 - Jul 30, 2022

1 class

1:00pm - 3:00pm CDT


111 S Livingston St, Suite 100, Madison, WI 53703


Araceli E.


20 students

Class Experience

Have you ever had an inkling to write a Children’s picture book?

This class is for dreamers, writers, and illustrators who would like a jump-start in writing their picture book stories. We will go over the basics of Children's Book writing. We will share our ideas and dig into writing exercises to acquaint ourselves with our characters and story. Craft book suggestions, blogs, and other resources will be given for future reference.


For financial assistance, contact Jenn Morea at

By registering for this course, I agree to the following statement:

PHOTO RELEASE: I grant permission for ALL to take and use images of the registered participant and/or their art in print or digital publications, including social media. This will help ALL celebrate the wonderful work of the participants and artists. I recognize that staff will ask the participant for permission before taking their photograph. I recognize that I may opt out of this media release by informing staff that I would not like the registered participant to be photographed, or for screen shots of their work or likeness to be taken.

Class Requirements

Required Reading 

  • How to Write a Children’s Book and Get it Published by Barbara Seuling
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

(Books can be found at Madison Public Libraries)

What To Bring

Not necessary, but you can bring your laptop for word count purposes.

Arts + Literature Laboratory Location

Arts + Literature Laboratory

111 S Livingston St, Suite 100, Madison, WI 53703

Meet your Instructor

Araceli E.

Araceli Esparza is a Chicana poet, activist, mother, and partner. She works with universities, libraries, and cultural art centers, providing writing workshops and cultural children’s programming. She holds an MFA in Children’s literature from Hamline University. She is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Araceli's poetry has appeared in several magazines, journals, and and anthologies.