Discover Picture Book Story Frameworks!
What You’ll Learn
Frameworks, Not Formulas
Have you ever wished there was a secret formula for writing amazing picture books? That would make the process so much easier, wouldn't it? Unfortunately, you aren't going to discover greatness in a formula. You're more likely to find a story that's too much like something else.
But it can be helpful to look at what's working in successful picture books that are similar to the kind you're writing. That's why Arree Chung created three picture book frameworks to help you examine your stories.
Character-Based, Two-Character, and High Concept Stories
Arree will go over examples of character-based, two-character, and high concept picture book stories to help you see what makes them work. He'll share what he feels are the most important elements of story. Then he'll frame those elements a little bit differently for each of the three story types.
Ask Questions in Revision
Once you understand the framework for each type of story, you'll have a worksheet with questions you can ask to give you a better understanding of what kind of story you have, which elements of story your story still needs, and how you can steer it in the right direction. Arree asks these same questions when he shares examples from successful picture books. This will make it easier for you to do on your own. But there will also be a live review, where you can get feedback at the end of November. You should finish this intensive with a solid understanding of what goes into these three types of picture book stories.
ABOUT THIS INTENSIVE:
In this intensive, you’ll learn how to identify three picture book story frameworks that will help you improve your own picture book stories.
If you could use a little more help unlocking mentor texts to write and revise character based, two-character, and high concept stories, this intensive will give you the key questions to ask.
YOUR STORY COACH:
Arree Chung is an award winning author/illustrator and the founder of Storyteller Academy. Arree's Ninja! series has received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal. Mixed won the FCBG award for the top Children's Book in the UK in 2019.
Today, Arree lives a creative life making stories for children and teaching storytelling and art. Arree loves sharing his passion for storytelling, design and art with children and dreamers everywhere.
Author/Illustrator & Founder of Storyteller Academy
In this 70-minute intensive, you'll learn frameworks for character-based, two-character, and high concept picture book stories. Each of Arree's three lessons will have a step-by-step handout with questions you can ask yourself about your own stories. The live review/workshop for this class will be on Saturday, November 30 at noon, PST. If you miss the live review, a replay will be available.
Learn which elements of story are essential to a character-based story.
Two Character Framework
How do you change the way you tell a story when it has two main characters?
High Concept Story Framework
Agents and editors often say they're looking for high concept stories. Learn how to identify (and hopefully write) them.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you want to write amazing picture books, then following a formula isn't the answer. You need a story that stands out. However, you can learn a lot about different types of picture books by studying mentor texts. Arree is sharing the sort of knowledge you'd acquire by studying a lot of mentor texts and asking which story elements they have in common.
Mentor texts are books that have something in common with yours. You study them to make sure that your book is accomplishing what you want it to do, and you read them to make sure that your story stands out in some way.
If you look at bestseller lists, the three most common types of picture books on them are usually character-based, two-character, and high concept stories. These stories are in demand because they sell, so we're giving you the tools you need to tell them better.