Transform Your Ideas into Stories
and Reach Your Creative Potential
with Makers Pro
Get Training and Story Coaching from Award-Winning Storytellers
Introducing the Makers Membership
In-depth foundational courses and craft-based intensives (mini-classes) help you master the art of storytelling.
Join a group of passionate storytellers. Ask story coaches and your fellow SA members anything through our workshops, community forums, and our members-only Facebook group.
Get guidance and feedback from published pros. Reach your creative goals faster with mentored critique groups, written critiques, and one-on-one story coaching.
What's Inside Makers Pro?
Some of our Award Winning Books...
Elaine’s Success Story
“By making the dummy, however, I could see exactly how my manuscript was working and where it wasn’t working.”
How It Works
Master the Art of Storytelling
Choose A Track
Whether your goal is to become a published author or an author/illustrator, we've got a plan and curriculum to help you hone your craft. The tracks have been carefully designed to help you build your storytelling skills without overwhelm.
Take Courses and Intensives
Choose from any of the nine courses (ten by the end of the year) or from the intensive library to hone your craft. If you're unsure where to start, we recommend the Crafting Picture Book Stories course. It provides a solid story foundation to build upon.
At the Makers Pro level, you can join LIVE workshops. Before the workshops, you can submit stories and artwork for review. Although only a few stories are chosen each week for review, you'll grow as a storyteller by meeting the deadline to submit your work each week. You'll also have an opportunity get your questions answered. All workshops are recorded, and the replay is always available.
Get Story Coaching
Grow even faster with story coaching. You can join mentored critique groups that are limited to 5 participants, buy written critiques, or get one-on-one coaching.
Unlock Your Creative Potential
Term 2 Courses and Workshops
Starts: May 9, 2020 | Ends: July 11, 2020
(All Times in Pacific Daylight Time)
Tuesdays: 5/12, 5/19, 6/2, 6/9, 6/23, 6/30
Drawing 1: Drawing Mental Models with Alex Leon @ 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Wednesdays: 5/13, 5/20, 6/3, 6/10, 6/24, 7/1
Picture Book Wordsmith with Carter Higgins @ 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Character Design with Vanessa Brantley Newton @ 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Writing Picture Book Manuscripts with Jim Averbeck @ 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Thursdays: 5/14, 5/21, 6/4, 6/11, 6/25, 7/2
Making Picture Book Stories with Arree Chung @ 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Vicky’s Success Story
“Since taking the class in 2017, I'm excited to say that I've signed 3 book deals with a total of 7 books coming out, including board books, a picture book, and an early chapter book series!”
Abi’s Success Story
“As it turns out, Arree is one of my People Angels. And thanks to Arree and Storyteller Academy, I have my first picture book coming out from Viking Children's Books in 2020, with a second book to follow in 2021!”
Who Should Join the Membership?
If you have ideas that pop into your head for stories, or if you want be more creative, Storyteller Academy is the place for you. We'll help you turn your ideas into stories.
At the heart of Storyteller Academy is storytelling for children. If you're writing stories for children, you belong here. Our story coaches will help you develop your stories and hone your skills.
As an educator, you know anything is possible with knowledge. At Storyteller Academy, you'll learn the creative process so that you can see your book on the shelves of libraries and bookstores everywhere!
As an illustrator, you already are a storyteller. We'll help you craft words to complement your storytelling.
Join the Makers Pro Waitlist
We will notify you when enrollment is open.
Frequently Asked Questions
Makers Pro is the perfect option. You get to participate in course workshops and intensives reviews.
Makers Pro members also get the benefit of being placed into critique groups. Critique groups with 3 or more Makers Pro members are eligible for a free Zoom link for their meetings through Storyteller Academy.
How many weeks do the courses last?
Our courses are designed to be completed over a 9-week period if you’re allocating an hour or two a day to the course materials. You can complete the courses over 7 days if you are consuming the content full time.
Our intensives are designed to be completed over a 2-day period.
All of Storyteller Academy’s training occurs online. To access courses, you will need a personal computer or tablet. We hold LIVE workshops on Zoom. We recommend having a computer with a camera and microphone for an optimal experience in workshops.
Workshops occur weekly, and intensives are published monthly! But don’t feel like you have to consume everything the moment it’s released. Everything we create is archived in the members area, so there’s no rush or pressure to access it in “real time.” Think of your Makers membership as the Netflix for storytellers. 🙂
Makers Pro members can submit their work for live review during workshops, but there is no guarantee that work will be chosen. If you would like more support, you can purchase more direct feedback through a mentored critique group or one-on-one coaching.