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 mentoring sessions to cover all of the nuts-and-bolts of picture book writing and publishing!
Professional Picture Book Critique
Have you worked on a picture book manuscript and want a professional critique to help you get it submission-ready? Shannon is a former teacher and writing coach and award-winning author of 18 books. She will provide 2 pages of written notes as well as a 15 minute Zoom meeting to go over your work.
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.
Janie Scheffer - Minneapolis, Minnesota
"Best, full day workshop for any level of writing and my heart is full with ideas and strengths to move forward."
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
Shannon's Picture Book Boot Camp is a marvelous introduction into the world of picture book writing. From word counts to number of pages, plot thoughts, and resource guides, Shannon gives you a detailed overview of how to get started writing picture books. It is a wealth of information that helps give the novice author the confidence that this might just be possible to do.
Her critiques are positive and encouraging, allowing the beginner writer to feel motivated to keep trying and to put whatever effort necessary for a successful book. Her suggestions are useful and insightful and her compliments sincere. Receiving Shannon's critique left me feeling pleased with what I had motivated me to make it better.
-Rosemary Bogdan, Michigan Writing Workshop