Make Your Picture Book With Storyteller Academy's....

Black Friday
Picture Book Bootcamp!

WHEN: November 29, 2019 | WHERE: Online Livestream

{NOTE: Your ticket includes livestream access PLUS on-demand replay access through December 6th. Upgrade your ticket to VIP to get the recordings and DOUBLE your charitable donation.}


Avoid the Crowds and Spend Black Friday
Making Your Picture Book!

Black Friday…

This is the one day that people rush to shopping malls only to fight over parking spots, wait in long lines, and buy stuff that they really don't need.

This year, do something different!

Instead of wasting time and spending money on things you don't need, work toward achieving your creative dreams.

Spend the day developing your craft with our award-winning authors and illustrators, as well as an editor from Chronicle Books who's worked with even more award winners. Learn from some of the best in the children's book industry. 

Make some “Aha!” moments, and work towards achieving your publishing goals. 

Best of all, you'll help us donate books to kids, and you'll support two important diversity initiatives in children's books. We're all donating our time, so 100% of the proceeds will go to First Book and We Need Diverse Books.

Join our Black Friday Bootcamp. It's all about creating stories and giving back!


Here's What You'll Learn:

SESSION 1: Theme Team - Five Players That Support Your Story's Theme

Jim Averbeck

award-winning author/Illustrator

In this session, you'll learn how to make your setting, character arc, symbolism, and word choices support the theme of your story. 

Jim's Books
SESSION 2: How to Write Stories That Flow

Carter Higgins

Published children's book author

Learn how to make your picture book flow with picture book author extraordinaire, Carter Higgins. In this session, you'll learn about stressed and unstressed syllables, scansion, and meter, as well as how to use diction.

Carter's Book
SESSION 3: Story Sketchbook and Visual Storytelling

Vanessa Newton


Vanessa Newton shares how she develops characters and story ideas in her sketchbook. Learn how to develop ideas for characters and stories.

Arree Chung


Arree shares how to use lines, shapes, and patterns to compose pictures for storytelling. This session will change the way you see visual storytelling.

SESSION 4: Narrative Arc in Nonfiction

Melissa Manlove

senior editor at chronicle books

Children’s narrative nonfiction has seen a lot of growth in recent years. Melissa Manlove, Senior Editor at Chronicle Books, shares tips on how to approach nonfiction in a way that gives it voice, personality, and life.

Melissa's Books
SESSION 5: My Success Stories Panel

Nancy Howson
Author & illustrator

Teresa Robeson

debut picture book author

Ken Lamug

picture book and Graphic novel author/illustrator

Sharon Langley


Abi Cushman

Debut Picture book author/Illustrator

Discover real success stories at Storyteller Academy. In this session, you'll learn how to overcome challenges in life while pursuing your publishing goals. You'll also learn what it takes to sign with an agent and obtain a contract for your picture book.

SESSION 6: Make 2020 Your Best Creative Year Ever

Arree Chung


Achieve your publishing dreams by mapping out your creative goals in 2020. Arree shares the roadmap to publishing success, as well as the curriculum for Storyteller Academy in 2020. Participants will have a special opportunity to sign up for courses and mentorship.

Arree's Books

Learn How to Make Children's Books and Give Back!

Best of all, it's only $20.

For the price of an Elf on the Shelf picture book, you'll get access to this virtual workshop (that could easily sell for hundreds of dollars). And you'll have access to a replay of the event through December 6. So, if you can't attend that day, you can watch it at your own pace.

Most importantly, when you register, we'll donate 100% of the ticket sales to support two important organizations. Through First Book. we'll donate children's books to kids who don't have access to them, and through We Need Diverse Books, we'll bring more diverse stories to the children's book industry.

Not only will you get access to a great event, but your ticket sale will support two important organizations. 

So what are you waiting for? Claim your spot now!

{NOTE: Your ticket includes livestream access PLUS on-demand replay access through December 6th. You can upgrade your ticket to get the recordings and DOUBLE your charitable donation.}

Master Your Craft at
Black Friday Bootcamp!

Join us for a day of learning, story building, and community. Master your craft, give books to kids, and support diversity in children's books.

{NOTE: Your ticket includes livestream access PLUS on-demand replay access through December 6th. You can upgrade your ticket to get the recordings forever and DOUBLE your charitable donation.}


We Learn. We Give. We Make Stories.

Every November, Storyteller Academy hosts Black Friday Bootcamp, an online event where our instructors donate their time to help us deliver several hours of instruction on picture book writing and illustration. All ticket sale proceeds go to charity.

Last year, we raised over $20,000 for First Book and We Need Diverse Books! 


Our mission is simple: We want to transform Black Friday, one of the most painfully materialistic days of the year, into a day of learning and a day of GIVING.

So put that turkey leg down and join us! I promise that you'll be glad you did. 🙂


Hurry, this special $20 offer won't last long!!

WARNING: There will be a limited number of seats available, and we have a large number of people interested in this bootcamp, so please be sure to show up 5 minutes early. We don't want you to get locked out!

There are a finite number spots available, and over 25,00 people on our email list, so reserve your spot right now.

When the timer hits 00:00:00, this special bootcamp will be gone forever. 

{NOTE: Your ticket includes livestream access PLUS on-demand replay access through December 6th. Upgrade your ticket to VIP to get the recordings and DOUBLE your charitable donation.}



1. We're storytellers who share our craft.

Our mission at Storyteller Academy is to help aspiring storytellers learn the art of storytelling and achieve their publishing goals. We share our creative processes with you! After Black Friday Bootcamp, you'll be closer to achieving your storytelling goals, which means we'll be closer to achieving our mission.

2. We give books and change lives!

As always, we will be donating 100% of the registration fees from this bootcamp to two very special non-profit organizations. 

First Book provides access to children's books in low-income communities.

We Need Diverse Books is committed to increasing diversity in children's books. We'll be donating funds to support their diversity initiatives.

Our goal is to raise $25,000, and with your help, I'm confident we'll get there.

3. We all have a lot to be thankful for this year.

This has been a great year, so we're happy to share what's working for us as a sincere gesture of gratitude and appreciation.

Our Goal Is to Donate $25,000

Yep, you read it that right. This year, Storyteller Academy's goal is to DONATE $25,000 to give books to children low-income communities and support diversity in children's books.

Listen, I know donating $25,000 is a BIG goal, and I'm going to need ALL the help I can get to reach it.

I really, REALLY want to reach that goal.

I want to reach this goal to give kids who don't have a picture book their very FIRST BOOK.

I want to reach this goal to help help more diverse authors reach their goals through We Need Diverse Books.

And lastly, we want to reach this goal for YOU. 

Yes, for YOU!

We might well fall short of our number (I don't plan on it, but it's definitely a possibility). But at the end of the day, we'll raise a lot of money simply because we set an ambitious goal and we made it public.

Now it's your turn.

I want you to set an “uncomfortably creative” goal for 2020! 

I want you to write down your goal, tell your family, your friends, and your social media following what your goal is. 

Next, ask yourself one simple question every single day until you hit that goal.

“What action am I taking toward achieving my goal?”

I don't want you to go it alone. I want to help you reach your goals (even if you don't know them yet).

So join us at Black Friday Bootcamp, and I'll walk you through how to have the best creative year ever in 2020.

Your “ticket” will cost you just $20.

Master Your Craft at Black Friday Bootcamp

Learn from professionals inside the children's book industry, and support two great causes.

Save Your Spot
Right Now

{NOTE: Your ticket includes livestream access PLUS on-demand replay access through December 6th. You can upgrade your ticket to get the recordings forever and DOUBLE your charitable donation.}

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