Read Poetry and Be a Better Picture Book Writer

with Janet Wong

Pump up your picture books with poetry techniques!

Almost three decades ago, Janet Wong decided to study poetry with Myra Cohn Livingston to "sharpen her prose." In this session, Janet talks about the benefits of reading poetry and how simply becoming more aware of poetic tools (such as rhyme, repetition, rhythm, alliteration, assonance, consonance, onomatopoeia, personification, metaphor and simile) will strengthen your picture book writing. Grab your suitcase and join Janet on this poetic adventure!

"Janet Wong takes the intimidation out of poetry writing!"

- M.O. Yuksel

Your Instructor

Janet Wong
Janet Wong
Janet Wong is the 2021 winner of the NCTE Excellence in Poetry Award, a lifetime achievement award that is one of the highest honors an American poet can receive. She is a former lawyer whose career change was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and she was invited to the White House to read Apple Pie 4th of July, a picture book celebrating inclusion, inspired by the Oregon mini-mart owned by her Chinese-American father and Korean-American mother. Learn more about her 35 books at and

Course Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

" You are an amazing poet and teacher, thank you Janet. Heading top the library now!!!"

- Aileen Johnson

"This was a complete delight - thank you, Janet!!"

- Carrie Finison

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