Mission and Vision
Storyteller Academy is a community of authors, illustrators, editors, agents, and publishing professionals. Inside Storyteller Academy, we share our creative secrets and insider tips to creating award-winning books.
Our mission at Storyteller Academy is simple: We help aspiring authors and illustrators learn the art of storytelling and get published.
We believe that everyone is creative and has stories to tell. We believe that illustrators can write and writers can draw. We believe that a diverse world deserves diverse books made by diverse storytellers. We believe in supportive critique groups. We believe in revising until you get it just right. We also believe that business and marketing skills are just as vital to your success as the craft of storytelling.
Whether you’re just starting out, have been working toward publication for years, or have books of your own already, we’re here to help you reach the highest levels of your creative potential.
“As an award-winning author, illustrator, and international speaker, I travel to schools across the country to encourage children to write stories, make art, and to share their creative ideas. I founded Storyteller Academy to give creators the classes and support I wish that I’d had when starting out my author/illustrator journey.”
“I didn’t start out as an author/illustrator. After college, I began a career in consulting, where I made lots of spreadsheets. I left that to take a job at Pixar, and that is where I learned the secret to success: love what you do.
All around me, people were making stories. I wanted to make my own stories, so I enrolled at the Art Center College of Design. In Steven Turk’s Children’s Book Illustration class, I discovered my love for creating picture books.
But I still had a lot to learn about how to tell stories for children.
Eventually, I found my agent, Rubin Pfeffer, through a conference run by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Rubin sold Ninja! to Kate Farrell at Macmillan, and more books followed.
The first two books in my Ninja series and my newest book, Mixed, received starred book reviews from Kirkus. And Mixed, a picture book that uses color theory to discuss diversity, acceptance, and inclusion, recently won the FCBG award for both the picture book category and the overall children's book award!”