Rhyming Picture Books: A Two-Night Mini

Online | Picture Books
Take a look at stories that sing with rhythm and rhyme, and learn how to accomplish the structure and skills needed in your own work with Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Anne Marie Pace.

May 2 @ 7:00 pm - May 4 @ 8:15 pm




A Two-Night Mini Online Course

Take a look at stories that sing with rhythm and rhyme, and learn how to accomplish the structure and skills needed in your own work with Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Anne Marie Pace.

  • Tuesday, May 2, 2023 (7pm – 8:15pm Eastern)
  • Thursday, May 4, 2023 (7pm – 8:15pm Eastern)
  • Webinar-style program with closed captioning available and limited interaction in the chat.  This program is a great fit if you’re looking for a short course of two, 75-minute sessions offering limited interaction with the community, but loads of information.
  • You’ll have access to the recordings through June 30, 2023.
  • Optional post-course critique opportunity available for an additional cost.

Why This Workshop?

To rhyme or not to rhyme… a question that fills the picture book writer’s mind!

Join Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Anne Marie Pace for a webinar-style mini to find some answers!

Our two evening sessions will be centered on the rhyming picture book form. We’ll consider:

  • Meter & Rhythm
  • Tone & Voice
  • Pacing & Page Turns
  • Mastering lyrical language
  • Incorporating poetic techniques into prose

Feedback Expected

  • No feedback included in the course. There will be limited interaction in the chat feature of the webinar-style program.
  • A small number of student submission samples will be used during the program. If you would like to be considered for this opportunity, please submit your single, rhyming stanza at the time of registration. (A limited number of stanzas will be used as samples during the program.)
  • An optional, post-course critique opportunity is available for an additional cost after the course for a rhyming, rhythmic, and/or lyrical work-in-progress (up to 750 words). Details on the submission process, as well as the steps to sign up for an optional critique, will be released during the final night of the course.

It’s a Great Fit If…

  • You’ve written a picture book(s) but aren’t sure if rhyme is the best device to drive the story forward.
  • You haven’t started writing your picture book, but love working in rhyme.
  • You’ve received feedback that your rhyme isn’t working. You can revise to make the rhyme work, but should you? Not all stories are best served by rhyme. This mini will explore those that do and those that don’t.
  • You don’t write in rhyme, but you want tips on how to make your prose sound more lyrical.
  • You’re looking for a picture book workshop with minimal time commitment. This mini will let you develop craft skills without investing a lot of time.

Tentative Agenda

At registration: You will receive a Zoom link to use each night of the course.

You can also consider submitting one stanza of a rhyming work in progress at registration (no more than 6 lines). We will choose a few to analyze during the course.

(Don’t have a rhyming work-in-progress? No problem! Submitting one stanza is not a requirement for this course.)


If you are unable to attend either session for any reason, you’ll have access to the recordings (with closed captioning) through June 30, 2023.

Please note that if you register for the course after the start of the first session, you will not receive recordings immediately.  You’ll receive both recordings after the close of the last session, usually within 24 hours.

All Times are Eastern Standard Time.

Part One: Tuesday, May 2, 2023 (7pm-8:15pm Eastern)
  • Basics of meter
    • Keeping consistent meter
    • Deliberately breaking meter
  • Types of rhyme and where to find them: end rhyme, internal rhyme, double rhyme, near rhyme, etc.
  • Classic rhyme schemes and poetic forms: couplets, limericks, other types of poems like haiku and more
  • Using refrains and repetition
  • Rethinking prose to incorporate poetic techniques
Part Two: Thursday, May 4, 2023 (7pm-8:15pm Eastern)
  • Mentor text examples
  • Resources for rhymers
  • Q&A
  • Information about optional critiques
Post-Course Optional Critique

Your faculty reader will review one full, rhyming picture book manuscript, up to 750 words. Details on the submission process, as well as the steps to sign up for an optional critique, will be released during the final night of the course.

How It Impacts Kids

Some of the most beloved and memorable children’s books are written in rhyme. If rhyme serves your story, it could be a great way to foster connection with your readers.

Testimonials from Our Community

“You picked two very different authors to teach the course and I enjoyed their similar (yet slightly different) perspectives.”

“Deep expertise, extremely generous with their time, insights. Perfect pair–very different but complimentary skills/experiences. And funny!”

“The faculty, Sudipta & Anne Marie, were fantastic. It was wonderful to receive direction from such established and prolific writers. They brought a great deal of enthusiasm to their presentations.”

“I’ve been avoiding rhyme and even rewritten old rhyming manuscripts into prose since I felt unable to master the genre. Now that my knowledge base is broader I’m confident to try again.”


When you register for this course, you’ll receive information via email to confirm.

For mini courses (one or two sessions only), you’ll receive webinar links immediately to use on the day of the course.

For longer courses, you’ll receive an invitation to your virtual classroom as the workshop approaches.

Can't Attend Some Sessions Live?

That's generally okay!  We know that you are juggling other demands with your workshop.

Recordings are made available to all registrants for most live sessions, usually the day after the session.  Check your course description for specific details about session recordings, and when they are released.

We also try to suggest in the description how using the recordings may impact your experience if you can't attend live.  But ultimately, it's up to you!  Let us know if you need help.

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