This is an excellent course – well-structured, in-depth and informative. Even if you are not a beginner but just want to hone your writing, Karla’s patience, passion and knowledge prove invaluable, especially in her generous personal critiques, which I cannot recommend highly enough. Her source materials and her always up-to-date references and links can be referred to again and again. I can only speak for myself, but I believe my writing has profited from her wisdom and the tools she has provided me with, and it will continue to do so.
Fiona Halliday – children’s book writer
I recently finished taking Karla Valenti’s Picture Book Master Class with the mentoring component. I highly recommend this practical course to move your writing to the next level. Karla included the reasoning behind each Core Principle, how to put the concept into practice, examples from picture books, and application of the concept first in other picture books, and then in my own manuscript. She presented the content in an engaging, fun style. Karla’s knowledge and experience shined through in the eight lessons (plus a bonus week). Even though I’ve taken other seminars and webinars in my writing journey, much of what Karla offered was new, a new spin on something I had learned before, or a deepening of the concept. Karla also had a unique way of explaining concepts that clicked for me. The course progressed in an interesting sequence that came together at the end in a satisfying and surprising way. The mentoring aspect of the course was phenomenal! If you are signing up for the course, make sure to include the mentoring part. Every week, Karla provided detailed, specific recommendations to move my manuscript forward. She taught through her comments with elements of theory, explanations, and specific examples. I found Karla to be generous with her time and talent, honest but kind, and a consummate professional. Although I’m sad for the course to end, I am now applying the lessons (which I housed in a binder) to my other works in progress. The manuscript I used throughout the course transformed beautifully into a solid piece with more emotional resonance. I’m so glad I invested in Karla’s Master Class.
Jennifer L. Raudenbush – children’s book writer
Even agented writers will benefit from Karla’s Master Course, which breaks down everything you’ve ever wanted to better understand about the crafting of picture books, their structure, their mechanics, and what makes them more (or less) powerful to a reader. Karla has condensed a wealth of information into bite-sized, manageable steps that one can work through at his/her leisure. I was thankful to see her clarify concepts that (1) are not generally discussed or (2) had never been 100% clear to me before. Naturally, when it comes to any course, nothing beats one-on-one tutoring. Karla remains accessible to learners throughout the course, answering questions and providing a private support group where any course topics can be discussed. Her coursework remains very hands-on, not only showing you how to analyze picture books in the current market, but also how to apply each principle to your own work-in-progress.
Katelyn Aronson – children’s book writer
If you are new to picture book writing, Karla Valenti’s Picture Book Master Course is an excellent place to start. Karla covers eight core principals of picture book writing in a clear and concise method. She gives examples using published works to clarify each principle. She also provides worksheets and homework that will walk you through writing a picture book or editing already completed works. The course is easy to understand and the pace is very doable for busy writers. The course offers an optional mentoring component as well as a private Facebook group.
Alayne Kay Christian – children’s book writer and Picture Book Writing Teacher