Writing and Illustrating Children's Books

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Instructor Diana Gutierrez-Toledano

This workshop focuses on the basics of children's picture book illustrating, writing and publishing. Students will learn the nuts and bolts of picture book making, so when the workshop ends, you can start making your own! In a playful setting, using lots of examples, handouts and a variety of creative exercises, this workshop will help students to uncover new and exciting ideas. Plus, students will get a behind the scenes look into the creative work of a professional author. Workshop content covers an overview of the children’s book industry, the structure of picture books, how to create memorable characters, what is voice, and the fundamentals of plot. If you love picture books and are interested in how to make them— come join us! Both beginning writers and illustrators are welcome.

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DIANA TOLEDANO is a Pisces with curly hair, glasses, and a bit of an accent.  Diana (Dee-Anna) grew up in Spain, where she studied Art History and Illustration. Now she lives in San Francisco with her husband, a lazy cat and a crazy kitten. Diana works full time writing and illustrating children’s books. Her books have been published in four languages, five countries and three continents; and her products have been sold in retail stores all over the world.




5 meetings
Chinatown/North Beach Center (808 Kearny St. @ Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94108)
Room 1201

$10.00 materials fee paid to the instructor

Student Testimonials:

“Diana’s class is packed with the information you need to know on how to get started with picture books. Her lessons are fun and engaging, with great exercises through the hours that helped us improve our skills.” – Lulu.

“Diana opens your mind to the processes of forming, writing + illustrating picture books. She gives you perspective on the process that is realistic yet inspiring to take your next step.” – Maile.

“Diana’s enthusiasm and passion brings a terrific energy and life to children’s books. I highly recommend this class to people from all walks of life, but especially teachers, parents and prospective writers and illustrators. Diana opens up a very luscious and exciting world as she teaches how the nuts and bolts of children’s writing and illustrating come together to create powerfully enjoyable and deeply moving stories.” – Carrie M.