Writing Creative Nonfiction Picture Books

Be part of a red hot market!

A Red-Hot Kidlit Market. An Extraordinary Opportunity for You.

Creative Nonfiction Picture Books are among the hottest properties in all of publishing.
In one powerful teaching session, Laura Backes will teach you exactly what you need to become part of this revolution.

Been to a Bookstore Recently?

If you have, we're betting you noticed something about the kidlit section:

The explosive growth of the Creative Nonfiction Picture Book market.

Creative Nonfiction combines elements of fiction writing, storytelling, humor and other expressive techniques to tell true stories. And kids can't get enough.

Creative Nonfiction Picture Books are fun, dramatic and engaging ways of teaching young readers about the world around them. That's why they're now a key focus of many agents and editors.

With Creative Nonfiction Picture Books gaining a significant presence in classrooms and becoming critical favorites (Creative Nonfiction Picture Books took the Caldecott Medal in 2014, 2016 and 2017) this is the perfect time to get started in this exploding market.

Let Laura Show You How to Do It - The Right Way.

In this fantastic Masterclass (more than 2 1/2 hours of pure instruction) Children's Book Insider Publisher and renowned picture book expert Laura Backes will put you on the path to a Creative Nonfiction Picture Book of your own.

You'll learn:

  • What Creative Nonfiction actually is & how it's different from traditional nonfiction
  • Why the market is so hot, and where the current market opportunities exist
  • What current Creative Nonfiction Picture Books bestsellers can teach you about market needs
  • How to choose and research the perfect topic
  • The three best approaches to writing Creative Nonfiction that top writers are using
  • The specific "rules" of Creative Nonfiction Picture Books
  • The single element every successful Creative Nonfiction Picture Books MUST have
  • and much more!

Laura will also share her full step-by-step action plan to begin writing your own Creative Nonfiction Picture Book.

If you've ever experienced a Laura Backes seminar, class or teaching session, you know that's she's among the best writing educators on the planet. This is a unique opportunity to get direct instruction from Laura that will transform your writing career.

Your Instructor

Violet Lemay
Violet Lemay

Violet Lemay's career as an an illustrator and author spans more than 50 books, and includes work with HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, duopress, 'Magination Press, and Michael Sampson Books. As an editorial illustrator, Violet contributed art to hundreds of magazines and newspapers.

Parents Magazine featured TummyTime: Happy Baby as #4 in their "20 First Baby Books You'll Both Love" in 2019. In 2020, the Chicago Public Library included Library Babies as one of their best books, and School Library Journal included Babies Around the World in their "50 Children's Books that Celebrate Diversity". In 2022, Readers Digest ranked Babies Around the World #4 in their list of the top 100 children's books of all time! Let's Be Friends (HarperFestival/2021) won BookFest's first place award for diversity in children's books and Firebird's board book award.

Violet's latest book, Alithia Ramirez Was an Artist, celebrates the life and art of a young victim of the Uvalde tragedy.

Written with the support of Alithia's parents, this touching story has resonated throughout the publishing world, sweeping the Children's Book Council's Favorite award categories (Children's Favorite, Librarian Favorite & Teacher Favorite for grades 3-5).

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Violet and her family became globe hoppers when they moved to New Zealand for her husband's job. From there they moved to China, and then to Malaysia. If she’s not at her desk writing or drawing, she’s probably at the library, reading.

Here's What's Included:

  Full Masterclass & Handout
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Frequently Asked Questions

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The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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