Transform Your Idea Into
A Picture Book Story

Learn a Creative Process to Craft Your Story

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • A Creative Process for Developing Ideas Into Stories
  • The Elements of Story
  • What Makes a Great Story
  • Page Turns and Pacing
  • A Process for Revising Your Story

YOUR STORY COACH:

Arree Chung is an author/illustrator and the founder of Storyteller Academy. Arree's Ninja! series has received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal. Kirkus also gave a starred review to Mixed, which recently won the FCGB award.

Today Arree lives a creative life, making stories for children. Arree spends most of his time making picture books, writing middle grade novels, and sharing his love for art, design, and storytelling with kids and dreamers everywhere.

Arree Chung

Author/Illustrator & Founder of Storyteller Academy

Published Books

Publishers

Course Details

In this 9-week course, you'll learn how to develop healthy work habits, brainstorm great ideas, and work on one idea until you turn it into a picture book story. 

Welcome
Creative Practice

Lesson 1: Creativity
Lesson 2: Courage
Lesson 3: Power of Words
Assignments

Module 1:
Story Training

Lesson 1: Introduction
Lesson 2: Creative Process
Lesson 3: Story
Lesson 4: Story Structure
Lesson 5: Intellectual Property
Lesson 6: Story Brainstorming: Post-It Exercise
Assignments

Module 2:
Idea Evolution

Lesson 1: Introduction
Lesson 2: Develop Story Concept & Story Mapping
Lesson 3: Starting & Drawing
Lesson 4: Sharing & Organizing
Lesson 5: Critique Group
Assignments

Module 3:
Character & Starting Your Story ​

Lesson 1: Introduction
Lesson 2: Characters & Problems
Lesson 3: Heart & Tension
Lesson 4: Starting Your Story & First Pages
Lesson 5: Using Master Studies
Assignments

Module 4:
Escalating Your story

Lesson 1: Introduction
Lesson 2: Inventing Creativity
Lesson 3: The Inciting Incident & Story Loops
Lesson 4: Inciting Incident Case Studies
Assignments

Module 5:
Words, Pictures, & Page Turns

Lesson 1: Introduction
Lesson 2: Words & Pictures
Lesson 3: Page Turns
Lesson 4: Messy Middle
Assignments

Module 6:
Ending Your Story & Revision

Lesson 1: Introduction
Lesson 2: End Your Story
Lesson 3: Titles & End Pages
Assignments

Bonus 1:
Arree's Dummy Vault

Access the dummies Arree made to create his popular picture books. There are over 20 dummies in this library, including the Ninja! series and Mixed.

Bonus 2:
Join Live Ask Me Anything Sessions with Literary Agents and Children's Book Editors

Gain access to a wealth of knowledge from our Ask Me Anything sessions with Agents and Editors.

Bonus #3:
The Book Business

Learn the numbers and the business models of children's publishing. Arree shares real world experience on royalties and how to plan your publishing career.

Everyone Has A Story To Tell

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Hear from Ann Gronvold

Who Should Take This Class?

Just Starting...

Learn habits and an idea-generating method that will make it easier to ignore your fears and dive into your story.

Intermediate Storytellers

Whether you have trouble coming up with an idea, or have so many ideas that it's hard to settle on one, Arree's step-by-step method will give you new insights and help you finish your story.

Advanced Writers

Picture books are visual works of art. Learn to utilize visual and design components, like page turns, to help you tell a better story.

Advanced Illustrators

Tell your own stories. Learn the three most important things that Arree looks for in every story.

Frequently Asked Questions

You do not need an idea for a story to take this class. Arree will help you develop ideas for stories. In the rest of the course, you will develop your idea into a picture book story.

If you've already written a story, this class will help you evaluate your story to see if your story makes a good picture book. Crafting Picture Book Stories will also help you clarify the theme of your story and help you revise.

You will not be required to draw in this course, but drawing is encouraged! We encourage all writers and illustrators to start with the pictures in their mind and to work backwards. Thinking visually is only one of many techniques we'll cover.

Each literary agent will have their own specific instructions on their websites. But in general, you will need a cover letter and a manuscript. The most important aspect of your submission is your story. You can check the checklist to see if your story is ready.

The ability to tell a story is the most important skill to have as an author or illustrator. You will need to develop unique concepts for stories and tell the story simply. If you are illustrating the book, you will need a strong art style and a good sense of design, in addition to storytelling.

We have a submission checklist that you can run your story through. The checklist was made by Melissa Manlove and Ariel Richardson, two editors at Chronicle Books.

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