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Picture book week 2022

We are excited to present our 2022 Picture Book Week!


This is a 7 day LIVE Children’s Picture Book Online Course which offers you the opportunity, time and guidance to work on your very own picture book project.


The week is designed for anyone interested in children’s picture books, illustration, story, drawing or looking for a new creative experience.


The fabulous Beaky programme for the week includes:


  • 10 talks

  • 2 guest lectures

  • 5 industry professional tutors

  • 5 ONE to ONE tutorials

  • Mini group sessions and a group review

  • The opportunity to rewatch the talks on a private online channel

  • The chance to meet other creatives while devoting time to your picture book work.

  • Also INCLUDED in the cost of your ticket is FREE admission to our Orange Beak Evening on 2nd June.


The Picture Book Course will enable you to work on your own picture book idea, while being guided by the tutors. The aim is for you to have a resolved picture book draft by the end of the week. We want you to leave the course feeling you have the knowledge to continue with your project and to work on your future story ideas with confidence.


It is a jam packed week full of all the ingredients you need to make a picture book!


You will learn about:


  • Generating picture book ideas

  • Character design

  • How to edit text

  • Story pacing

  • Sequence

  • Composition and page layout

  • Text and image interplay

  • Materials


You will also have the opportunity to hear insights from each tutor about their working process, to ask them questions, to meet the other attendees, to receive one-to-one tutorials and to take part in a group review. 

The week is designed to suit everybody, from absolute beginners to practising illustrators. You may be looking for a career change, or you may have some book ideas and are unsure how to develop them, or you may just be interested in having a go - everyone is welcome!

Please see FAQ below for more information & any other questions please email 

11th-17th June 2022 (inclusive) 


Saturday 11th 9.30-16.30

Sunday 12th 10.30-16.30

Monday 13th 9.30-16.30
(Optional 17.00-18.00 event!)

Tuesday 14th 9.30-16.30
(Optional 17.00-18.00 event!)

Wednesday 15th 9.30-16.30
(Optional 17.00-18.00 event!)

Thursday 16th 9.30-16.30
(Optional 17.00-18.00 event!)

Friday 17th 9.30 - 12.30

Each day will be a mix of time online via zoom listening to LIVE lectures and talks, and time away from your screen for you to work and have a break!

Online, Zoom

Ness Wood
Maisie Paradise Shearring
Sophie Burrows
Birgitta Sif
David Barrow

Early Beak price!
Book and pay by 4th April to take advantage of this great offer! 

The Early Beak offer includes the option of a deposit scheme.

Full price from 5th April

Click the button below to request payment details

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"Orange Beak have boosted my confidence AND given me invaluable practical advice and direction for my work!"

About the team

"Orange Beak are like a daily dose of vitamins"

Ness Wood is an award winning book designer, art director and lecturer having taught at Goldsmiths, Cambridge School of Art, University of Brighton and UCLAN. She has works with many major publishers and is known for her encouraging and collaborative approach with illustrators. Ness has been a judge for the Bologna Ragazzi Award and was part of the winning team at the British Design and Production Awards, in the Graphic Novel Category. Ness is an Orange Beak co-founder and tutor.


You can follow Ness on instagram here

Maisie Paradise Shearring is an international award-winning and published author-illustrator. In 2015, Maisie received the prestigious Bologna International Illustrators Award in recognition for her graphic novel, Susan's School Days. Maisie's picture books include, I'm Actually Really Grown-Up Now and Anna & Otis, both published by Two Hoots. Maisie has also recently illustrated, The Boy Who Loved Everyone, a picture book story written by Jane Porter and published by Walker Books. This book was awarded The Little Rebels Children's Book Award. Maisie has post-graduate teaching experience and is an Orange Beak co-founder and tutor.


You can follow Maisie on instagram here

Sophie Burrows is an author, illustrator and comics creator. She is a graduate of the MA Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. During her studies, she won the V&A Illustration Award for Student Illustrator of the Year with her graphic short story Crushing. Her illustration work has been published internationally, and her debut picture book as author/illustrator, Ig Pig & Og Frog! was published by David Fickling Books. She also works as an associate lecturer on the MA Children’s Book Illustration, and is currently developing her next picture book and her first graphic novel.


You can follow Sophie on instagram here

Birgitta Sif is an award winning children's book author and illustrator. She was born in Iceland, lived in and around Scandinavia and America while growing up, and worked as a graphic designer in New York before graduating with a Masters in Children's Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art. She is the creator of the Kate Greenaway shortlisted picture book, Oliver, which was also shortlisted for the Nordic Children's Book Literature Prize. He books Frances Dean Who Loved To Dance and Dance and Oliver were both endorsed by Amnesty International. Birgitta has written and illustrated numerous picturebooks that have sold all over the world. Her most recent picturebook, Hugo, is published by Walker Books UK. She is currently working on a book series with Candlewick Press in the US. 


You can follow Birgitta on instagram here

David Barrow has been a shelf-stacker, a library assistant, a call-centre worker, a civil servant and a printer, so obviously it was only a matter of time before he tried his hand at writing and illustrating children’s books. He joined the world-renowned Children’s Book Illustration MA at Anglia Ruskin CSA. It turns out he actually found it a lot harder than all of the above, but ultimately a lot more rewarding.

Whilst on the course, David won the Sebastian Walker award for new talent in children’s book illustration at his degree show in 2015, and his first book Have You Seen Elephant? was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and won the Zilveren Penseel. Since then, he has both written and illustrated books for several publishers and has been published internationally. He lives in Kettering with his toughest critics: wife Jo and son Teddy.

You can follow David on instagram here

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