Transform Your Idea Into A Picture Book Story

Learn a Creative Process to Craft Your Story
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Crafting Picture Book Stories

9-Week Course Starts on January 26, 2019

YOU WILL LEARN:

  • A Creative Process for Developing Ideas into Stories
  • The Elements of Story
  • What Makes a Great 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

MODULES:

MODULE 1: STORY TRAINING

JANUARY 26 - FEBRUARY 1, 2019

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 a story and dive deep into the structure of picture book stories.

MODULE 2: IDEA EVALUATION

FEBRUARY 2 - 8, 2019

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 WEEK #1

FEBRUARY 9 - 16, 2019

Critique Group Meeting via zoom app

 

MODULE 3: STORY DEVELOPMENT

FEBRUARY 16 - 22, 2019

You'll learn how to develop your story through drawing and story mapping. Most importantly, you'll start building your world and crafting your story concept.

MODULE 4: SET UP YOUR STORY

FEBRUARY 23 - MARCH 1, 2019

You'll learn how to set up your story based on your character's problem and how to start your story. We'll examine how to raise the tension in your story.

IMPLEMENTATION WEEK #2

MARCH 2 - 8, 2019

Critique Group Meeting via zoom app

 

MODULE 5: ESCALATE YOUR STORY

MARCH 9 - 15, 2019

Learn how to set up your 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.

MODULE 6: END YOUR STORY & REVISION

MARCH 16 - 22, 2019

We'll cover how to craft a satisfying ending to your story and discuss the revision process. We'll also loop back to the criteria for what makes a great story. The next step from here is to build a dummy in Making Picture Book Dummies.

IMPLEMENTATION WEEK #3

MARCH 23 - 29, 2019

Critique Group Meeting via zoom app

 

LIVE CRITIQUES AT STORY WORKSHOP

WHEN:

Every THURSDAY from 6:00 - 7:00 PM PST starting Module 1.

WHERE:

Meeting via Zoom app. We will send a meeting link for you to join the workshop.

HOW IT WORKS:

Students enrolled in the course can submit their stories during the workshop

CRITIQUE GROUPS & STORY COACHING

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WHAT OUR STUDENTS 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

Featured Success Story

SUPPORT

Arree
Story Coach & Instructor
Jasmin
Member Support
Casey
Critique Group Coordinator