One-Day Picture Book Bootcamp

Learn How to Build Your Picture Book Step by Step!


All proceeds go to charity: our goal is to raise $15,000 to give 1,500 kids their first picture book.

WHEN: April 20, 2019 | WHERE: Online Livestream

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Develop Your Picture Book with Published Authors and Illustrators

You have an idea for a story...

But you’re not sure what to do next. How do you develop your story? What about character design? What if you don’t know how to draw? What if you want your story to rhyme but don't know what meter is?

Yeah, there’s a lot that goes into making a picture book, and it can feel intimidating. But you are determined to tell your story. You have stories inside of you.

Instead of spinning your wheels over how to fix your story, come spend the day with published authors and illustrators who will show you how to develop your picture book step by step.

Here's What You'll Learn Each Session:

SESSION 1: Develop Your Story Idea with "The Assignment"

9 AM PST - 9:45 AM PST

How do you develop an idea that is fresh and inventive? Picture book writer extraordinaire, Jim Averbeck, will walk you through a story development process that has yielded over 20 published books.

So, bring your thinking caps and be prepared to brainstorm and write!

Jim Averbeck

Author of Trevor & the Sophia Picture Book Series

SESSION 2: Drawing and Inventing with Mental Models

10 AM PST - 10:45 AM PST

In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn how to see the world in simple shapes. Once you see the world in shapes, you'll never see things the same again.

From there, you'll learn how to build mental models to improve your draftmanship and invent.

Arree Chung

Published Author/Illustrator

CEO, Storyteller Academy

SESSION 3: Design A Character in 5 Steps

11 AM PST - 11:45 AM PST

What goes into creating an iconic character that kids and adults love? How do you make your character stand out?
Vanessa will reveal how she researches and designs characters.

In this interactive workshop, you'll learn 5 simple steps to design a character for your picture book story.

Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Illustrator of Grandma's Purse, Mary Had a Little Glam & many moire picture books

SESSION 4: Picture Book Rhyme

1 PM PST - 1:45 PM PST

Your picture book story rhymes, but you've heard that editors don't want stories that rhyme! What are you going to do? Here's the inside scoop. It's not that editors don't like rhyme. Most do. But they want rhyme that works and tells a story. So, how do you do that?

Diana Murray will teach how in this hands on workshop.

Diana Murray

Author of Unicorn Day,  & the Sophia Picture Book Series

SESSION 5: How to Make a Picture Book Dummy

 2:00 PM PST - 2:45 PM PST

In this interactive workshop, Arree will show you how to use dummies to efficiently revise your story. You'll learn how to thumbnail and pace your story, as well as how to set up page turns.

Making a dummy is also helpful for writers. You'll learn how to better pace your story, and you'll cut a lot of words from your manuscript.

Arree Chung

Published Author/Illustrator

CEO, Storyteller Academy

SESSION 6: Success Stories & Makers

 3:00 PM PST - 3:45 PM PST

Want to have a creative breakthrough in 2019? Arree will share the skills necessary to become a published author or illustrator, as well as the steps to building a successful career.

Arree will also share Storyteller Academy's curriculum for 2019 and the Makers Membership program.

Arree Chung

Published Author/Illustrator

CEO, Storyteller Academy

By the Time We're Finished, You'll Have the Knowledge and a Plan to Help YOU Create Your Picture Book in 2019!

And best of all, it's only $20.

That's right, you're getting livestream access to this virtual workshop (that could easily sell for hundreds of dollars) for less than you'd spend on a movie ticket and a bag of popcorn.

More importantly, when you register, we'll donate 100% of the revenue to First Book and the Mixed Diversity Tour. So, not only do you get access to a great event, but your ticket sale goes to a great cause.

What are you waiting for? Claim your spot now!

(NOTE: Your ticket includes Livestream access PLUS on-demand replay access through June 30, 2019.)

The Schedule

8:30 - 9:00 Greetings & Introduction

9:00 AM - Develop a Story Idea with "The Assignment"  (45 min) + Q&A (15 min)

10:00 AM - Drawing Mental Models (45 min) + Q&A (15 min)

11:00 AM - Character Design in 5 Steps (45 min) + Q&A (15 min)


1:00 - Picture Book Rhyme (45 min) + Q&A (15 min)

2:00 - How to Make a Picture Book Dummy (45 min)+ Q&A (15 min)

3:00 - Success Stories & Makers (45 min)+ Q&A 


Create Your Picture Book with Picture Book Bootcamp

Make a creative breakthrough and contribute to a great cause...

(NOTE: Your ticket includes Livestream access PLUS on-demand replay access through June 30, 2019.)


We Learn. We Make Stories. We Give Back.

Arree Chung founded Storyteller Academy in 2017 with a single course on how to make picture book stories and dummies. Since then, hundreds of storytellers have taken Storyteller Academy courses to hone their craft. Elaine Kearns, LaRonda Gardner Middlemiss, Vicky Fang, Marla Lesage, and Abi Cushman have received publishing contracts for their stories.

Our mission is to help aspiring Storytellers learn the art of storytelling by sharing our creative process intimately. And that's exactly what we'll do with "Picture Book Bootcamp." In this one-day workshop, we'll be sharing what we've learned as published authors and illustrators.

All proceeds from the Picture Book Bootcamp will go to charity. Our goal this year is to donate $15,000 to First Book.

Our mission is to raise $15,000 dollars for First Book and to give out over 1,500 picture books for free.

First Book transforms the lives of children by providing books and basic needs to underserved communities.


Hurry, this special $20 offer won't last long!!

WARNING: There will be a limited number of seats available, and we have a large number of people interested in this bootcamp. Please be sure to show up 5 minutes early, so you don't get locked out!

But... you'd better HURRY, there are a finite number of spots available and over 20,000 people on our email list, so reserve your spot right now.

When the timer hits 00 : 00 : 00, this special bootcamp will be gone forever.

(NOTE: Your ticket includes Livestream access PLUS on-demand replay access through 6/30/19.)


1. Our Mission Is Growth!

If you haven't heard, Storyteller Academy's mission is to help aspiring storytellers learn the art of storytelling. We know what it's like to have ideas and to dream about becoming a published author or illustrator. We also know what it takes to achieve this goal. We've helped hundreds of storytellers learn the craft, and our members are getting published! After this bootcamp training, you will have a plan to achieve your creative goals in 2019.

2. We wanted to raise money for a great cause!

We will be donating 100% of the revenue from this bootcamp to First Book. First Book's mission is to transform lives through equal access education, and our goal is to raise $15,000 and giveaway over 1,500 books. With your help, I'm confident we'll get there!

3. Share the message of diversity, acceptance, and inclusion.

I made Mixed to share the message of diveristy with a young audience. With the Mixed Diversity Tour, we'll be sharing this special message with thousands of students accross the country.

Our Goal is to Donate $15,000!

Yep, you read that right. Storyteller Academy's goal is to DONATE $15,000 to bring diversity to children's books and to support underserved communities.

Donating $15,000 is a BIG goal. I'm going to need ALL the help I can get to reach it . . .

. . . and I really, REALLY want to reach that goal.

I want to reach this goal to make a dent. It's up to us to donate and to make books for the children who need them. Several of us at Storyteller Academy team are donating a lot of hours to make this bootcamp happen. I want to reach this goal for YOU.

Yep, for you.

Making a great story and getting published is a long journey, but you don't have to go on this journey alone. I want to help you reach your publishing goals, and you can help me raise funds to support a cause and message I care deeply about.

Join me for Picture Book Bootcamp and get started on your story. You'll take away inspiration and knowledge to help you make your creative breakthrough.

This Picture Book Bootcamp, Learn and Give

Join us to hone your craft and contribute to a great cause.

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