2017 – 2018 COURSE SCHEDULES

 2017 Fall Term Schedule

Making Picture Book Stories With Arree Chung

WEEK 1- THE CREATIVE PROCESS & ELEMENTS OF STORY

  • 9/30 SATURDAY: 
    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 the story and dive deep into the structure of picture book stories.
  • 10/5 THURSDAY:
    Story Workshop #1

WEEK 2- LET’S MAKE A STORY AND CRITIQUE GROUPS

  • 10/7 SATURDAY: 
    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.
  • 10/12 THURSDAY:
    Story Workshop #2
    CRITIQUE GROUP MEETING #1

WEEK3- THE CREATIVE PROCESS & PUTTING YOUR STORY TOGETHER

  • 10/14 SATURDAY:
    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.

  • 10/19 THURSDAY:
    Story Workshop #3

WEEK 4- MAKING A DUMMY AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

  • 10/21 SATURDAY: 
    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.

  • 10/26 THURSDAY:
    Story Workshop #4
    CRITIQUE GROUP MEETING #2

WEEK 5- DESIGN, FIRST PAGES, AND PAGE TURNS

  • 10/28 SATURDAY:
    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.

  • 11/2 THURSDAY:
    Story Workshop #5

WEEK 6- DESIGN, FIRST PAGES, AND PAGE TURNS

  • 11/4 SATURDAY:
    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.
  • 11/9 THURSDAY:
    Story Workshop #6
    CRITIQUE GROUP MEETING #3

WEEK 7- BEGINNINGS & ENDINGS AND STORYTELLING WITH WORDS & PICTURES

  • 11/11 SATURDAY:
    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.
  • 11/16 THURSDAY:
    Story Workshop #7 

THANKSGIVING BREAK: NO CLASSES OR WORKSHOP

  • 11/18 – 11/24 

WEEK 8- PACING AND REFINING YOUR WORDS & PICTURES

  • 11/25 SATURDAY:
    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.
  • 11/30 THURSDAY:
    Story Workshop #8
    CRITIQUE GROUP MEETING #4

WEEK 9- REVISIONS, TOOLS, AND PRESENTATION

  • 12/2 SATURDAY:
    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.
  • 12/7 THURSDAY:
    Story Workshop #9: “ASK ME ANYTHING #1”

WEEK 10- THE BOOK BUSINESS & YOUR CAREER

  • 12/9 SATURDAY:
    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.
  • 12/14 THURSDAY:
    Story Workshop #10
    CRITIQUE GROUP MEETING #5

WEEK 11- LITERARY AGENTS AND CHILDREN’S BOOK EDITORS

  • 12/16 SATURDAY:
    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.
  • 12/21 THURSDAY:
    Story Workshop #11: “ASK ME ANYTHING #2”

WEEK 12- MARKETING, WEBSITES & SOCIAL MEDIA

  • 12/23 SATURDAY:
    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.
  • 12/28 THURSDAY:
    Story Workshop #12
    CRITIQUE GROUP MEETING #6

END OF TERM

  • SHOW AND TELL TBD:
    All members are welcome to share their stories. This is just for fun. No critiques and no recording will be made.