LET’S MAKE A PICTURE BOOK STORY FROM SCRATCH!
Do you have the creative itch to tell stories but don't know where to start? Or perhaps you've been working on stories by yourself and you feel stuck. I've spent the last ten years becoming a published storyteller and I love what I do. I'll share with you everything I've learned about creativity and show you how I craft stories. In addition to the course, I'll work with you on your stories in critique groups and in our Storyteller Workshop Hour.
What is Making Picture Book Stories With Arree Chung?
1. An Intimate Learning Experience
Arree shares his own creative process in formulating and developing ideas. Arree takes you from the the first step of generating a picture book idea to developing a dummy and manuscript. This is the same process Arree uses to develop his own storybooks.
2. Build A Story With Solid Foundation and Structure
Understand the basic elements that make up a story. Once you learn how to spot the basic elements, you’ll gain deeper understanding on how to build a story with solid foundations.
3. Understand the Creative Process And Tell the Story Inside of You
Discovering a good idea just the first step in the creative process. Now you'll have to develop the story. Learn how to ride out the ups and downs of the creative process. Making Picture Books Stories will help you discover your inner voice and unlock your creativity.
4. Join a Critique Group and Develop Your Story With Professional Feedback
Join a critique group lead by Arree or a published author. Improve your story with professional feedback. Critique groups are held every other week for 12 weeks. With professional feedback, you will always know the next step in developing your story.
5. Gain Insight On How To Present Your Work To Agents and Editors
Your story is developed and polished. What's next? You'll learn how to how to prepare your story and how to get your work seen by the right people. You'll save time and take the stress out of submitting your work and finding representation.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Making Picture Book Stories is a 12-week online course with four parts...
PART 1: 12 WEEKS OF ONLINE CONTENT
Each Saturday, a new module is released. We’ll start from the beginning of the creative process and walk through all of the steps necessary in creating a picture book dummy. Arree shares his early drafts of his stories and how he problem solved problems while developing his story idea.
PART 2: EXCLUSIVE STORYTELLER CAFE WORKSHOPS EVERY OTHER THURSDAY
Storyteller workshops are hosted Thursday evenings at 6 P.M. PST every other Thursday starting week 1. Arree will do live demos, answer questions and host guest authors and illustrators. A replay will be available if you miss it.
PART 3: CRITIQUE GROUP MEETINGS EVERY OTHER THURSDAY
We believe in the benefits of critique groups and highly recommend joining a critique group lead by Arree or a Storyteller Academy approved published author. Everyone will have an opportunity to join a Critique Group. Critique Group Meetings start on week 2. Replays will be available through the Storyteller Academy website.
PART 4: WEEKLY INSPIRATIONAL NEWSLETTER
Arree shares stories from real life each week during the term. The newsletters are motivational and an honest look into Arree’s life as a creative person. These newsletters will help you relate in your creative journey and keep you motivated in moving forward.
Arree Chung is the founder of Storyteller Academy and a published author and illustrator. After starting out in the world of business consulting, Arree took the leap of faith to pursue his artistic endeavors. He never looked back.
Today Arree lives a creative life making stories for children. Arree spends most of his time making picture books, writing middle grade novels and sharing his love for art, design and storytelling with kids and dreamers everywhere. Arree’s Ninja! Series have received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal.
Speech and Language Pathologist
"Storyteller Academy has been a great learning experience for me! In addition to the webinars and exercises, Arree provides insightful guidance in the critique sessions. He is fun, approachable, and willingly shares his knowledge and experience! He is creating a supportive community of writers and illustrators."
Physical Therapist and Dad
"Arree's storybook academy will show you the ins and outs (as well as everything in between) about creating and publishing your story. I have tried taking several academic courses, reading endless blogs and online tutorials. While they were all helpful, the experience was ultimately fragmented. Arree breaks it down and puts all the steps together. By sharing his own experiences he also shows you common mistakes and pitfalls that you find only with experience. These experiences also serve as encouragements whenever you feel like you are lost or something is not working. For any journey it is helpful to have a guide, a map and companions. Arree's the guide, his material is the map and the community you build with other members of the course can be you companions. The most important and probably hardest part, is of course, putting in the work! "
Web Designer, Illustrator and Mom
"I am an author-illustrator from the Connecticut shoreline, and I absolutely loved Arree's course. It far exceeded my expectations! If you are interested in creating engaging stories for children, I highly recommend taking Arree's course, whether you're an author-only or author-illustrator.
What initially drew me to Arree's class was his willingness to be completely open and honest about his storymaking journey. It was so refreshing to hear someone speak with complete transparency about the process, including the failures, wrong turns, and the realities of the publishing industry. I think it's important to know that despite setbacks, missteps, or rejections, if you put in the work, you can eventually become a successful storyteller.
When I started the course, I had one polished picture book dummy, and I was having trouble developing a new set of characters and a new storyline that I was excited about. Arree shared his process for brainstorming ideas and developing a storyline through pictures. Using these techniques and meeting for regular critique group sessions pushed me to create a new rough picture book dummy with a lot of potential. And even better is that I feel confident that I can utilize these systems moving forward to create more stories that are compelling (and marketable) in the future."