12 x 12

12 x 12 is a year-long writing challenge where members aim to write 12 complete picture book drafts, one per month, for each 12 months of the year.

A draft means a story with a beginning, middle, and end – NOT a submission-ready piece. Founded by picture book author Julie Hedlund, 12 x 12 is going into its fourth year in 2015 on earth.

ALL 12 x 12 members get access to an amazing community of 750+ picture book writers at all levels from absolute beginner to multi-published. 12 x 12 offers motivation, support, and accountability to help you write more (LOTS more!) than you would on your own.



24×7 Writing Community

Imagine a 24/7 writing community where, you have a question, you can receive answers almost instantly from a network of authors 750+ strong.That’s 12 x 12.


Imagine being able to share triumphs and disappointments alike, and have a community that “has your back” at all times.

That’s 12 x 12.


Imagine the power of having curated resources on planning, writing, revising, submitting, and promoting picture books at your fingertips every day.

That’s 12 x 12.


Imagine a picture book playground where you can meet other writers & illustrators, talking shop with people who “get” you, give/receive feedback on your manuscripts & queries, form critique groups, and tap into an endless supply of inspiration.

That’s 12 x 12.


With members spanning the globe,
12 x 12 is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Once you join, you will be encouraged and supported by the friendliest writing community on earth as you attempt to write one picture book draft a month, AND to revise one manuscript as an additional goal. Little GOLDen Book members* will have the additional opportunity to submit one polished picture book manuscript to an agent each month February – November.

Each month we feature a guest post from a talented, multi-published picture book author. These authors generously give away fabulous prizes to will help you with your craft.

You’ll get access to members-only 12 x 12 Facebook group, which serves as a support network, a question and answer pool, and a place to share resources. PLUS, 12 x 12 includes a robust online Membership Forum where members can receive feedback on their work and find critique partners. And that’s only the beginning.