About Us

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.

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.

What We Believe

Everyone is capable of becoming a storyteller. 

Writing and drawing are skills that can be taught, to anyone with the passion to learn.

A diverse world needs diverse books, by diverse storytellers.

 

Illustrators can write. Writers can draw.

 
Gears = Revision

Revision will get your story just right. 

Learn more about Arree at
arree.com​

Meet Arree Chung

Author/Illustrator & Founder of Storyteller Academy

As a kid, I loved drawing and creating, but by the time I “grew up” … I was busy with life. I had a responsible job, working for responsible people, doing responsible things. Except I was ignoring that tiny, pestering, inner-voice. I kept telling it, “someday…” Until, I couldn't ignore it anymore.

I took a drawing class and the rest, as they say, is history. I did the work, put in the time (butt-in-chair, as I like to say), and now I can proudly call myself a published author/illustrator. But, one thing still nagged at me. I had jumped into the journey headfirst and made all the mistakes. There wasn't a guide, a place to learn and grow and journey together. So I created it.

Storyteller Academy is here for you. For that kid inside you begging you to tell your story. Pleading for someday.

Nadia Salomon

Author, Goodnight Ganesha

“Everything is done with heart first. A gentle hand and they all share Arree’s nurturing quality and that voice that always challenges you to do you, do your best, while at the same time guiding you.”

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Laurie Elmquist

Author, City Baby

“Instructors at Storyteller Academy have introduced me to so many mentor texts. It’s like having a best friend who is super knowledgeable and just piles up your arms with good books. And I don’t just mean the books that have won awards. I mean the books that kids love.”

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Todd Sturgell

Author, Except Antartica

“I would not be a published author without Storyteller Academy. I like to say that before SA, I didn’t know how much I didn’t know. Arree’s Making Picture Books class set me on the path that has led to my book launch in just a few weeks!”

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Katy Tanis

Illustrator, I Am The Jungle

“The most valuable part for me was when Ariel and Melissa would share their enthusiasm for a book. It gave me insight on how you might hook an editor–what takes them from liking a manuscript to being in love with it!”

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Lily LaMotte ​

Author, Measuring Up

I love how supportive Arree, Myrna, Jim, and the community are of each other. It’s a wonderful space to learn from and belong to.

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Charlotte Watson Sherman​

Author, Brown Sugar Babe

“I've benefitted most from the flexibility of being a Makers Pro member. As my work and life schedule allows, I can dip in and out of workshops, take intensives, listen to replays at my leisure, plus download course materials and work on them at my own pace.”

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