Have you ever wondered what makes those award-winning, best-selling picture books so great? In this class, you’ll discover what makes those children’s stories that you love TICK. We’ll do close reading of at least a dozen picture books to discover the mechanics of this genre and we’ll practice those tricks in writing or revising our own picture book stories. This course has no prerequisites; it’s an investigation into the genre. You can come with just curiosity, an idea or a manuscript. All levels welcome. Ilse Craane has worked in publishing for more than 6 years. She has a MA in English Literature, specializing in children's fantasy books. Currently, she works for an agency for children's book writers and illustrators.