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Sept 20 - GIRAFFE - A Master Picture Book Mentoring Class • 8-weeks

An intense master picture book editing workshop for authors & author-illustrators

Jodell Sadler, Editorial Agent JCLA

KidLit College Founder, Pacing Geek, Art and Marketing Director, Designer

Next class Sept 20th • 8 PM EST and on-going every Wednesday night!

Why GIRAFFE Picture Book Master Class?
I want you to...
G - et real
I - nspire yourself
R - ealize your dreams
A - sk questions
F - ind story focus
F - all in love with active writing
E - ngineer your success!

This class combines my MFA critical thesis, years of research and expert editing techniques. Weekly webinars and lessons guides you to re-engineer and do more with your picture book. This course takes you from idea to polished manuscript, explores structure, and helps you get on the page and create the stage that will help you hone in on what editors and agents are looking for.

Curriculum (order subject to change for editor's schedules)

Curriculum (order subject to change for editor's schedules)

  • Character: Have your created that character that stands out?
  • Voice: How fresh is your approach, voice and character?
  • Firsts: First breath of story matters a great deal. How strong are your first pages and page turns?
  • Concept: Is your concept strong enough and how will you better position your work?
  • Pacing: How might you improve how you unfold the moments of you picture book story?
  • Structure/Originality: What are the various structures and does originality matter?
  • Scenes/Getting on the page: Are you performing and engaging your stage fully?
  • Emotional Arc/Worldview: Have you added interiority? Have you gone far enough to add emotional depth?
I will surprise you with Writing Tips, Great Market Advice, Live

Q&A, Information on Musicality of Language, Humor, Interactivity,

Engagement, How to Promote yourself as an illustrator or author/illustrator, How/When to use Illo. Notes, and great moves that will make your revisions fun. What more could you ask for?

This course compiles my MFA research study with concrete examples plus real publishing experience into a focused questions and lectures that will help you improve your picture books. This workshop will provide you with the tools, the re-imagining, positioning, polish, and insights you need to improve your work.

You will have access to me during this class, and you can explore all material, ask questions, and share with me interactively as you work. I also reserve the right to surprise you with books and bonuses at any time throughout this class.

You will be able ask specific questions about your projects and manuscripts as we discuss sections of your work, openings, characters, concepts, etc.

Who should take this course?

  • It’s for authors AND illustrators
  • It's for the illustrator who wants to break in to writing.
  • It’s for the writer move their book to project to publish-ready.
  • It’s for every writer looking to improve and enhance their own editing fun.
  • It’s for the writer who wants to achieve that more lyrical, musicality of language.
  • It’s for the writer who needs a plotting guide and master pacing class all in one.
  • It’s for the writer craving the most unique and in-depth study of picture books.
Are you ready to give your books a work out? Join me!

Have Qs? Contact me at KidLitCollege@gmail.com.


Your Instructor


Jodell Sadler
Jodell Sadler

Jodell Sadler is the founder of KidLit College, and currently works as an editorial agent wih Jill Corcoran Literary Agency, JCLA. She has served as an art director, marketing consultant, senior designer before earning her MFA at Hamline University, where she focused on sharing her critical thesis project, PACING PICTURE BOOKS & BEYOND. She’s since worked as a professor, secondary Freshman & Senior English AP/Dual Credit teacher, and founded KidLit College, a webinar, classes & critique community for writers and illustrators. Jodell teaches online and presents at conferences and events on pacing, and writes and presents with Writer’s Digest University. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) and passionate about helping writers and illustrators advance their careers.

Recent titles range from board books to teen titles: IF ANIMALS SAID I LOVE YOU by Ann Whitford Paul; SNOW BEAST and DOG ADOPTION DAY by Phil Gosier; HEDGEHOG’S 100th DAY OF SCHOOL by Lynne Marie; MR. McGINTY’S MONARCHS by Linda Vander Heyden; BRUNHILDA’S BACKWARDS Day by Shawna J.C. Tenney; FARAWAY FRIENDS by Russ Cox, and middle grade series: FRIDAY BARNES, illustrated by Phil Gosier; PUPPY PIRATES, illustrated by Russ Cox, and middle grade nonfiction titles: BOLD WOMEN OF MEDICINE: 21 Stories of Astounding Discoveries, Daring Surgeries, and Healing Breakthroughs by Susan M. Latta, among others.

Jodell is looking to add picture book, graphic novel, and middle grade author/illustrators to her list. She’s looking for fiction and nonfiction with humor and heart. She enjoys books that emotionally connect, provide reader interaction. Fresh voice and concept is best in board books, picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade projects (illustrated and graphic), especially those that incorporate nature, wildlife, cultural experiences, contemporary challenges or mystery, as well as biographies that celebrate the difference one person has made in the world.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts on March 29th at 8 PM EST and remains open a month after the class ends.! It is a completely online video live course so your can get the one-on-one and ask questions about your specific projects.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does a month of unlimited access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course, plus you have an additional month of access after the course ends! .
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, please contact us! While I cannot promise a refund, we'd love to hear from you directly.

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