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Making Picture Book Stories & Dummies

12 WEEK COURSE

YOU WILL LEARN: 

  • A Creative Process For Developing Ideas Into Stories
  • The Elements Of Story
  • What Makes A Great Story
  • How To Make A Dummy
  • Page Turns And Pacing
  • 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.

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. 

PUBLISHED BOOKS

WHAT'S INSIDE MAKING PICTURE BOOK STORIES?

12 Weeks & Over 20 Hours of Knowledge

A new lesson is released each Saturday at 5 a.m. PST. Arree shares his creative process, as well as drafts of his picture books. You will apply what you learn by building a picture book dummy.

Weekly Workshops & Critique Groups

Attend weekly workshops and have your story reviewed! (Thursdays 6 P.M. - 7 P.M. PST) Arree shares techniques with live demos, answers questions, and features guest authors/illustrators. Replays are available for those you miss.

"Ask Me Anything" with Agents & Editors

Each term, we invite a literary agent and a children's book editor to share their knowledge with you! You have the opportunity to ask them anything! Replays are available.

Weekly Inspirational Newsletter

Arree shares stories from real life each week during the term. The newsletters are motivational and an honest look into Arree’s life as a published author/illustrator. These newsletters should resonate with your creative journey and keep you motivated in moving forward.

MODULES:

MODULE 1: STORY TRAINING

This is where it all begins! You’ll learn about the creative process and the stages of making a book. We’ll review the basic elements of story and dive deep into the structure of picture book stories.

MODULE 2: IDEA EVALUATION

How do you start making a story? You’ll learn the importance of embracing messiness and get over the fear of drawing. We’ll also review the benefits of critique groups and how to be part of an amazing critique group.

IMPLEMENTATION & CRITIQUE GROUP WEEK #1

You'll focus on completing the assignments and building your story in implementation weeks. You will also meet with your critique group!

MODULE 3: BUILD YOUR STORY

Learn how to use design principles in designing your picture book story. We’ll study characters from classic books and review how the story was built around the character’s problems.

MODULE 4: MAKE THE DUMMY

With a step-by-step guide, you’ll be able to assemble a picture book dummy. We’ll also dive deep into developing characters and how to make them memorable.

IMPLEMENTATION & CRITIQUE GROUP WEEK #2

You'll focus on completing the assignments and building your story in implementation weeks. You will also meet with your critique group!

MODULE 5: SET UP YOUR STORY

Learn what makes a good first page and how to set up page turns. We'll discuss several types of page turns in detail with case studies and a guide. Arree also discusses page turns in his books.

MODULE 6: ESCALATE YOUR STORY

Learn how to set up your inciting incident and escalate the tension in your story. You’ll learn strategies on how to develop your story. Arree will demonstrate how he works to develop his story ideas.

IMPLEMENTATION & CRITIQUE GROUP WEEK #3

You'll focus on completing the assignments and building your story in implementation weeks. You will also meet with your critique group!

MODULE 7: PACE & REVISE

 With your picture book dummy built, it’s time to do an audit to see where we can improve. We’ll examine the pacing of the story and look closely at the relationship between words and pictures.

MODULE 8: ENDING YOUR STORY

You’ll learn how the beginnings of stories usually relate to the endings of stories, and you’ll learn how to tell stories with words and pictures that work together.

IMPLEMENTATION & CRITIQUE GROUP WEEK #4

You'll focus on completing the assignments and building your story in implementation weeks. You will also meet with your critique group!

MODULE 9: PRESENTING YOUR STORY

Revise your story efficiently and learn the tools that will help you clean up your drawings to make them presentation ready. We’ll also run through a checklist to make sure that we have a solid story that kids will love.

BONUS: THE BOOK BUSINESS

Gain valuable insights about the children’s book industry. You’ll learn the economics and the numbers behind the picture book industry. Arree also shares what he’s learned and gives good practical advice for planning your career.

IMPLEMENTATION & CRITIQUE GROUP WEEK #5

You'll focus on completing the assignments and building your story in implementation weeks. You will also meet with your critique group!

BONUS: LITERARY AGENTS AND CHILDREN'S BOOK EDITORS

With a polished story, you’ll be ready to seek representation from agents and show your story to editors. We’ll get your story ready for submitting to an agent and share strategies on how to research and connect personally to editors and agents.

BONUS: ARREE'S DUMMY VAULT

See the collection of dummies that Arree has made for all of his published books. This invaluable resource will help you develop your dummies in the creative process.

LIVE CRITIQUES AT STORY WORKSHOP

WHEN:

 Weeks 1-12  Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. PST starting at module 1. 

 

WHERE:

 We use Zoom.us. You'll receive a meeting link to join the workshop.

 

HOW IT WORKS:

 Students enrolled in the course can submit their stories for review during the workshop.

 

 

 

CRITIQUE GROUPS & STORY COACHING

Join a Critique Group

Join a Critique Group led by Arree

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ASK ME ANYTHING WITH AGENTS & EDITORS

Literary Agents Featured:
Rubin Pfeffer, Rubin Pfeffer Content
Lori Kilkelly, Rodeen Literary Management
Jen Rofe, Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Children's Book Editors Featured:
Mary Kate Castellani, Senior Children's Editor,  Bloombury
Kate Farrell, Senior Editor, Henry Holt (MacMillian)
Ariel Richardson, Children's Editor, Chronicle Books

WHAT OUR STUDENT'S ARE SAYING

"As an elementary school art teacher with a 10-year tenure, armed with a master's in education, I thought I was capable of writing and illustrating a picture book in a fairly decent way.  Little did I know that I didn't know about the ABC's of crafting a good picture book. This course is the best thing that happened to me in helping me both understand and practice the art of compelling storytelling. "

Dorothy Wawa

Art Teacher / Storyteller

“I have learned rule-after-rule about picture book writing …but the creative side of me got buried in that immense load of left-brain wonderful knowledge. I have had some great past instructors, but I could not get to the fun and creative side of my imagination to bring my stories forth and on paper…until now. All that has changed … thanks to this course with Arree Chung.

This course is so well put together.  It especially keeps up with the style of the printed picture books of today increasing your potential for publication.

The creative side of writing and, if you wish, illustrating your picture book ideas can be done here with the help of Arree and Storyteller Academy.  

I highly recommend Storyteller Academy.   And, I can’t say enough about the personable and encouraging Arree Chung.  His own recent published pictures books speak volumes of his knowledge and creativity.”

Stella Lopez

Summer 2017 / Storyteller Academy Student

"I think this course ( Arree's) has been exactly what I needed to move forward. I can hardly wait to begin another story after I polish this one some more. I like your videos Arree! Seeing the work you put into developing your books and seeing examples are what works for me."

Maggie Griessmeier

Storyteller/Illustrator

"I love the course so far, and I love that it is lifetime membership because 12 weeks isn't enough for me to polish my unwritten stories and ideas."

Mikki Hwang

Summer 2017 / Storyteller Academy Student

SUPPORT

Arree
Story Coach & Instructor

Jasmin
Member Support

Casey
Critique Group Coordinator