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How to Tell a Story

Storyteller Academy’s Myrna Foster shares Arree Chung’s strategy (and examples from MIXED) for telling a picture book story. Picture book giveaway included.

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Design Your Life in 5 Steps

Arree Chung shares how you can use the five steps of design thinking to design the lifestyle you’ve always wanted and achieve your most ambitious goals.

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Business

Morning Journaling

Arree Chung shares tips and questions to help you make morning journaling one of the best habits you can adopt for productivity.

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Critique Groups

Student Success Stories: Katy Tanis

Myrna Foster interviews Storyteller Academy student Katy Tanis about illustration projects, book deals, critique groups, and other things. This post includes two book giveaways: I AM THE JUNGLE and LOVE IN THE WILD.

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Nonfiction Picture Books

Instructor Stories: Miranda Paul

Myrna Foster introduces our new Nonfiction Picture Books mini-class instructor, the award-winning Miranda Paul. There is a book giveaway included.

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Critique Groups

Instructor Stories: Laurie Keller

Myrna Foster introduces the award-winning Laurie Keller. Laurie taught our new Writing Humor mini-class and could be mentoring a critique group this term. There is a book giveaway included.

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Student Success Stories: Julianne Winter

Myrna Foster interviews Storyteller Academy student Julianne Winter about her illustrated illustrated chapter book. This post includes a giveaway of Julianne's debut as an author/illustrator, TALES OF WHIMSY: BOOK ONE: WISHWEAVER.

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Illustration

Instructor Stories: Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Myrna Foster introduces Storyteller Academy Vanessa Brantley-Newton, the award-winning illustrator of nearly 100 children's books. Vanessa teaches Character Design and mentors a critique group. There is a book giveaway included.

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Student Success Stories: Joana Pastro

Myrna Foster interviews Storyteller Academy student Joana Pastro about signing with Natascha Morris at Bookends Literary Agency, and about her plan for her debut picture book. This post includes a giveaway of Joana's debut, LILLYBELLE, A DAMSEL NOT IN DISTRESS.

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Student Success Stories: AJ Irving

Myrna Foster interviews Storyteller Academy student AJ Irving about signing with Jordan Hamessley at New Leaf Literary and about her plan for her debut picture book. This post includes a giveaway of AJ's debut, DANCE LIKE A LEAF.

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Illustration

Instructor Stories: Alex Leon

Myrna Foster introduces Alex Leon, who teaches Drawing 2: Drawing in 3-D. Alex also teaches the live workshops for Drawing 1: Drawing Mental Models. This post includes a $20 Amazon gift card giveaway.

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Business

Instructor Stories: Melissa Manlove

Myrna Foster introduces Melissa Manlove, who teaches Submission Ready with Ariel Richardson. Melissa will also be teaching a second class later this year. This post includes a Chronicle Books giveaway.

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Picture Book Dummies

Can You Write a Rhyming Picture Book?

Myrna Foster shares a checklist for writing rhyming picture books and a highlight of Melissa Manlove talking about rhyming picture books at the last Black Friday Bootcamp.

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Student Success Stories: Mirka Hokkanen

Myrna Foster interviews Storyteller Academy student Mirka Hokkanen about how she uses printmaking, watercolors, and Procreate for her illustrations. This post includes a giveaway of Mirka's debut picture book.

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Story

Voice in Picture Books: Past vs. Present Tense

Myrna Foster defines and shares examples of past and present tense. She also shares a highlight from Submission Ready of Melissa Manlove and Ariel Richardson talking about how to transition from past to present tense in a biography.

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Business

How to Sell a Quiet Picture Book

Myrna Foster shares some insights from Jim Averbeck on quiet picture books, as well as some advice on incorporating multiple hooks from Melissa Manlove and Ariel Richardson.

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Illustration

Instructor Stories: Arree Chung

Myrna Foster introduces Arree Chung as the founder of Storyteller Academy and the instructor for Making Picture Book Dummies, Drawing 1, and Crafting Picture Book Stories. This post includes a book giveaway.

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Business

Two Editors Talk Back Matter

Myrna Foster talks about nonfiction picture books and shares a highlight from Submission Ready of Melissa Manlove and Ariel Richardson giving advice on when to include back matter in a submission.

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Student Success Stories: Abi Cushman

Myrna Foster interviews Storyteller Academy student Abi Cushman about how she got an agent and signed a two-book deal with Viking. This post includes a giveaway of an 8×10″ signed giclee print using archival inks on a cotton rag paper featuring a scene from SOAKED!

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Student Success Stories: Marla Lesage

Myrna Foster interviews Storyteller Academy student Marla Lesage about her unique path to getting her first picture book contract. This post includes a giveaway of Marla's debut picture book.

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Business

Make Your Picture Book Stand Out

Myrna Foster talks about the one thing she does before she gets too far into her process that she believes makes a difference in differentiating her manuscripts. She also shares a video highlight of Melissa Manlove and Ariel Richardson discussing how you can make your manuscript stand out, even if it's on a subject that's already been covered.

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Business

How Editors Think

Myrna Foster shares a video highlight of Melissa Manlove and Ariel Richardson discussing how editors think and why response time are sometimes longer than we'd like them to be.

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