SUMMER TERM: June 3 (Week 1) - AUG 19 (Week 12)
BREAK: AUG 12 - SEP 15 (5 WEEKS OFF)
FALL TERM: SEPT 23 (Week 1) - DEC 16 (Week 12)
Online lessons will be released each Saturday. Each week, you’ll complete a new step in the story making process and work on developing your story. Live workshops or critique groups are held on Thursday nights. The following is a detailed schedule of events.
WEEK 0: COURAGE, CREATIVITY & POWER OF WORDS
Before we dive into making stories and the creative process, we first need to address fear, failure and the inner critic. We’ll walk through the mentality and persistence that goes into becoming a published author as well as examine the creative habits of successful artists.
SATURDAY, JUNE 3
WEEK 1: THE CREATIVE PROCESS & ELEMENTS OF STORY
This is where it all begins! You’ll learn about the creative process and the stages of making a book. We’ll review the basic elements of story and dive deep into the structure of picture book stories.
THURSDAY, JUNE 8
STORYTELLER WORKSHOP #1: 6 - 7:30 PM PST - SPECIAL GUEST - LORI RICHMOND
Lori will share with us how she manages being a mom, an artist, a business and a storyteller. We'll also answer any of your questions
SATURDAY, JUNE 10
WEEK 2: LET'S MAKE A STORY AND CRITIQUE GROUPS
How do you start making a story? You’ll also learn the importance of embracing messiness and get over the fear of drawing. We’ll also review the benefits of critique groups and how to be a part of an amazing critique group.
THURSDAY, JUNE 15
CRITIQUE GROUP MEETING #1
SATURDAY, JUNE 17
WEEK 3: THE CREATIVE PROCESS & PUTTING YOUR STORY TOGETHER
Learn how to use design principles in designing your picture book story. We’ll study characters from classic books and review how the story was built around the character’s problems. Arree will walk you through how to put together your story from the assets you’ve been building in your assignments.
THURSDAY, JUNE 22
STORYTELLER WORKSHOP #2: 6 - 7:30 PM PST
SATURDAY, JUNE 24
WEEK 4: MAKING A DUMMY AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
With a step by step guide, you’ll be able to assemble a picture book dummy. We’ll also dive deep into developing characters and how to make memorable characters.
THURSDAY, JUNE 29
CRITIQUE GROUP MEETING #2
SATURDAY, JULY 1
WEEK 5: DESIGN, FIRST PAGES AND PAGE TURNS
Learn how what makes a good first page and how to set up page turns. We discuss several types of page turns in detail with case studies and a guide. Arree also discusses page turns in his books.
THURSDAY, JULY 6
STORYTELLER WORKSHOP #3: 6 - 7:30 PM PST - SPECIAL GUEST - VANESSA NEWTON
SATURDAY, JULY 8
WEEK 6: INCITING INCIDENT, ESCALATION & STORY DEVELOPMENT
Learn how to set up your inciting incident and escalate the tension in your story. You’ll learn strategies on how to develop your story and see a demonstration on how Arree works on developing story ideas.
THURSDAY, JULY 13
CRITIQUE GROUP MEETING #3
SATURDAY, JULY 15
WEEK 7: BEGINNINGS & ENDINGS AND STORYTELLING WITH WORDS & PICTURES
You’ll learn how the beginnings of stories usually relate to the endings of the story and you’ll learn how to tell stories with words and pictures that work together.
THURSDAY, JULY 20
STORYTELLER WORKSHOP #3:
SATURDAY, JULY 22
WEEK 8: PACING AND REFINING YOUR WORDS & PICTURES
With your picture book dummy built, it’s time to do an audit to see where we can improve. We’ll examine the pacing of the story and look closely at the relationship between words and pictures.
THURSDAY, JULY 27
CRITIQUE GROUP MEETING #4
SATURDAY, JULY 29
WEEK 9: REVISIONS, TOOLS AND PRESENTATION
Revise your story efficiently and learn the tools that will help you clean up your drawings to make them presentation ready. We’ll also run through a checklist to make sure that we have a solid story that kids will love.
THURSDAY, AUG 3
ASK ME ANYTHING WITH LITERARY AGENT JEN ROFE
SATURDAY, AUG 5
WEEK 10: THE BOOK BUSINESS & YOUR CAREER
Gain valuable insights about the children’s book industry. You’ll learn the economics and the numbers behind the picture book industry. Arree also shares what he’s learned and gives good practical advice for planning your career.
THURSDAY, AUG 10
CRITIQUE GROUP MEETING #5
SATURDAY, AUG 12
WEEK 11: LITERARY AGENTS AND CHILDREN'S BOOK EDITORS
With a polished story, you’ll be ready to seek representation from agents and having your story seen by editors. We’ll get your story ready for submitting to an agent and share strategies on how to research and connect personally to editors and agents.
THURSDAY, AUG 17
ASK ME ANYTHING WITH CHILDREN'S BOOK EDITOR
SATURDAY, AUG 19
WEEK 12: MARKETING, WEBSITES & SOCIAL MEDIA
Today, storytellers can leverage technology to help market their books and build an author platform. But sometimes this can be overwhelming! You’ll learn how and what to focus on so you can focus on creating stories.
THURSDAY, AUG 24
CRITIQUE GROUP MEETING #6
THURSDAY, AUG 31
END OF TERM SHOW AND TELL!
We'll get together and show what we've been working on. Sign up to share!