Pitch Writing for Non-fiction Picturebooks

A course by Isabel Thomas
Science Writer and Children's Book Author. Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom.
Joined April 2021
, Science Writer and Children's Book Author

Learn how to form a captivating idea for a picturebook and develop it into a professional book proposal that engages publishers

  • 100% positive reviews (23)
  • 391 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to form a captivating idea for a picturebook and develop it into a professional book proposal that engages publishers



  • 100% positive reviews (23)
  • 391 students
  • 20 lessons (4h 10m)
  • 23 additional resources (10 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

When it comes to writing non-fiction books for children, the choice of topics is endless, and each of them can help young readers learn more about the world. Award-winning science writer and children's book author Isabel Thomas has written over 180 non-fiction titles, published in over 30 languages. The first step in her process? Writing a pitch that captures the attention of publishers.

In this course, she shows you step-by-step how to create an original non-fiction picturebook idea and craft it into a polished pitch. Explore strategies for ideation, storyboarding, writing a sample text, and more. The pitch is the first step on the bridge between your ideas and the moment your book is realized. Ready to write yours?

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Developing Original Ideas
  • U3
    U3. Creating a Professional Pitch
  • U4
    U4. Writing Sample Text and Sharing Your Pitch
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet award-winning science writer and children's book author Isabel Thomas as she goes through her career journey and discusses the authors and books that have inspired her.

Begin by getting to know the world of children’s non-fiction and Isabel’s three key ingredients for making a stand-out, original non-fiction picturebook. See her methods for generating ideas and important questions to ask yourself in deciding which idea to develop. Then, turn your idea into a fully-fledged concept with her guidance.

Discover Isabel’s tried-and-tested approach to pitching and put together the essential elements of a pitch document. Then explore the physical features of a picturebook, observing certain rules and terminology. Isabel shows you strategies for researching your idea and how to use storyboarding to plan each page. Condense your planning into a short proposal before creating a title and writing the all-important overview.

Next, develop your own voice to effectively communicate with your reader. Use this as you craft a text sample to accompany your pitch and hear Isabel’s advice on how best to showcase your story and your writing. End the course with tips on the process of sharing your pitch.

What is this course's project?

Develop a non-fiction picturebook idea into a professional proposal, ready to share with publishers and, eventually, young readers.

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone who wishes to share their ideas with young audiences through books.

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge or experience is required.

In terms of materials, all you will need is something for making notes, such as pen and paper, and access to a device with a word processor to type up your pitch.


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Isabel Thomas

A course by Isabel Thomas

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Science Writer and Children's Book Author

Isabel Thomas is an award-winning science writer and children's book author based near Cambridge, UK. She studied engineering science, then human sciences at the University of Oxford, during which time she worked at the student newspaper and fell in love with journalism. After graduating, Isabel worked as a then-trainee editor at a local publishing house where she began writing short books for beginner readers and working on her passion for writing in her spare time.

Isabel has since published more than 180 books in over 30 languages. Her critically-acclaimed book Moth: An Evolution Story won the AAAS Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books 2020 and was named a book of the summer by the Financial Times. She has also been shortlisted for other prizes including the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize. As well as this Isabel writes features for children’s science magazines, creates non-fiction resources for organizations such as the BBC, and speaks at festivals, schools, and other events.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Influences
    • About Me
  • U2

    Developing Original Ideas

    • Exploring Non-fiction Picture Books 1
    • Exploring Non-fiction Picture Books 2
    • Generating Ideas 1
    • Generating Ideas 2
    • Developing an Idea 1
    • Developing an Idea 2
  • U3

    Creating a Professional Pitch

    • What Is a Pitch?
    • Planning the Physical Book 1
    • Planning the Physical Book 2
    • Researching and Planning Contents 1
    • Researching and Planning Contents 2
    • The Proposal 1
    • The Proposal 2
    • The Title and Overview 1
    • The Title and Overview 2
  • U4

    Writing Sample Text and Sharing Your Pitch

    • The Pitching Process
    • Writing Sample Text
    • Finding Your Voice
  • FP

    Final project

    • Pitch Writing for Non-fiction Picturebooks

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Pitch Writing for Non-fiction Picturebooks. Writing course by Isabel Thomas

Pitch Writing for Non-fiction Picturebooks

A course by Isabel Thomas
Science Writer and Children's Book Author. Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom.
Joined April 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (23)
  • 391 students