Have you always dreamed of writing a children's book, but don't know where to start? Or, maybe you have written some stories, but don't know how to submit them to be published? I get these questions often and finally decided to start offering small-group workshops, critiques, and coaching to cover all of the nuts-and-bolts of picture book writing and publishing!
Picture Book Full-Day Live Workshop
Join us for this writing workshop focused on the picture book genre.
Shannon will share the craft of writing for children so you can polish up your story and get it submission-ready! Learn the do's and don'ts so you can share your story with the world.
Our next full day workshop is Saturday March 6th, from 9am-3pm CST. It is a live, interactive class on Zoom.
Picture Books Part 2: Full Day Workshop
Do you have a story or two polished up and want to know your next steps? Should you get an agent or submit directly to an editor? Where do you find the right publishing house? How do you build your platform, market your book, do a book launch party, or author visits? Learn all of this and more in this workshop for writers.
This is a live, full-day workshop. Grab your slippers, some snacks, and a notebook! Hang out with fellow writers and make new connections.
This class is Saturday, February 27th, from 9am-3pm CST.
Professional Picture Book Critique
After purchasing your critique, you will be contacted via email by Shannon to submit your manuscript. (Stories must be under 800 words.)
Mentoring by the Hour
Would you like time to ask all of your questions, specific to your projects and your situation? You can pick Shannon's brain about your writing projects, how to create a path to publication, how to market, submit, do author visits, or other book-related items. Schedule one hour, or an hour per week to keep yourself accountable as she coaches you to success.
I also coach and mentor teachers, looking to up their game with writing lessons in the classroom!
Picture Book Maker Mini-Class
This is in video format, so you can watch it when you want, pause when needed, and repeat as often as necessary.
Mary Jo Huff - Evansville, Indiana
Shannon Anderson’s workshop was very informative and super helpful. I walked away with a deeper knowledge of many techniques that Shannon generously shared. Shannon spent a quality time to listen to every participant and offer her insightful guidance when needed. Loved learning from her. Looking forward for the next one. She is a precious gem of knowledge.
Ida Nalbandian - Los Angeles, California
I really enjoyed how you kept things moving at a nice pace. Although my brain was crowded with information when leaving, it is all super fabulous information! I am so happy I attended.
Tammy Robertson - Fort Wayne, Indiana
It's wonderful when you know your money is well-spent; Shannon Anderson's workshop for writing picture books does that. Her knowledge is extensive, and her workshop explained each step on the road to my first picture book!
Peter Schulenburg - Fair Oaks, Indiana
Shannon's workshop delivers the "Nuts and Bolts" of successful picture book writing. A must for beginners and established writers alike. Her enthusiasm and willingness to share her knowledge and experience are well worth the investment.
Wanda Sobota - Fort Wayne, Indiana
Shannon’s enthusiasm for writing permeates this workshop. We were able to not only learn traits to improve our own writing, but also pointers for consideration in dealing with publishers. Shannon is a wealth of knowledge and experience. Don’t miss out!
Amy Brailey - Merrillville, Indiana
Shannon's picture book workshop takes aspiring authors on a journey through the craft of writing.... from how to come up with an idea for a story all the way to how to get that story published. I came to the workshop hopeful to learn about the process of writing picture books, and I did not leave disappointed.
Matthew O'Brien - Indianapolis, Indiana
“I commend Shannon Anderson for putting together, via a workshop, an excellent encyclopedia of “What to do after completing the Picture Book manuscript?” To me, this Picture Book Part 2 workshop was everything I ever wanted to know in detail about the second part of Picture Book publication. It was a lot less expensive and packed with more information than a Picture Book course, of a longer duration, that I took from another organization. During this workshop, one could feel that she is selflessly disseminating all she learned so that her students can venture out fully informed and with a higher degree of confidence. I highly recommend this workshop for all those who have completed their Picture Book manuscript.”
Hardarshan Singh Valia - Gary, Indiana
All of the above titles are available on amazon. however, if you'd like an autographed copy, you can order below.
(The price listed already includes the shipping cost.)
Coasting Casey (softcover book) + $3 Shipping
Casey learns to apply his passions to his schoolwork. Told in humorous rhyme, this lively story will speak to bored students and to any kid who can—and wants to—do better. The book concludes with tips and information to help parents, teachers, counselors, and other adults foster dialogue with any kid wrestling with underachievement.
Penelope Perfect (Softcover book) + $3 shipping
This encouraging story told in cheerful rhyme will speak to kids who deal with perfectionism or other forms of anxiety. The book concludes with tips and information to help parents, teachers, counselors, and other adults foster dialogue with children about overcoming perfectionism and coping when things don’t go according to plan.
Too Shy to Say Hi (Hardcover Picture Book) + $3 shipping
Making friends can be tough, but this rhyming picture book will help navigate difficulties of shyness and social anxiety. Shelli used to be pretty content in her little world, thinking that her pet friends with feathers, fins, and fur were enough. Her bird would keep her company at home, her fish would hideaway in his cave, and her dog was the social butterfly of the neighborhood. But now, Shelli is determined to try to make friends with kids at school. Readers will relate as Shelli takes brave steps toward breaking out of her shell. Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers by Elizabeth McCallum, PhD, with more information about shyness and social anxiety.
Y is for Yet (Hardcover Picture Book) + $3 shipping
Not your typical alphabet book, Y Is for Yet uses the ABCs as an accessible framework to introduce growth mindset and all its possibilities. From A to Z, or Ability to Zany, kids learn new vocabulary that expands their view of themselves learners.
Readers can open to any page and find useful information. Younger children learn new vocabulary, while older kids can increase their knowledge of the brain’s neuroplasticity and the many ways growth mindset can be put into action. A section at the back of the book provides a kid-friendly glossary of terms and activities adults can use to help kids build resilience and foster a growth mindset.
With an uplifting and positive tone, Y Is for Yet empowers kids to persevere and encourages them to view learning as a journey with limitless possibilities.
Mindset Power (Paperback Chapter Book) + $3 shipping
With an introduction to growth mindset, the book offers information on how to set goals, overcome self-doubt, and build resilience. Full of journal prompts to “Jot Your Thoughts” and suggestions of “Something to Try,” the book empowers kids to tackle not only their big exciting dreams, but also the daily tasks they may dread or put off. Kids can do more and be more when they believe in themselves.
Building on insight from the author’s years of teaching growth mindset in the classroom, Mindset Power is a positive, practical, you-can-do-it guide to accomplishing goals and building a better mindset—for kids of all abilities. Digital content includes handouts for activities found in the book.