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Making Picture Book Dummies

9-Week Course Starts on April 27, 2019

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

MODULES:

MODULE 1: VISUAL STORYTELLING

APRIL 27 - MAY 3, 2019

You'll learn the foundations to visual storytelling. We'll discuss how to approach the visuals for picture books and how to read and write accompanying text.

MODULE 2: MAKE THE DUMMY

MAY 4 - 10, 2019

In this module, we'll thumbnail your story and start making the dummy. You'll learn the importance of embracing messiness and get over the fear of drawing. With a step-by-step guide, you'll assemble your picture book dummy.

IMPLEMENTATION WEEK #1

MAY 11 - 17, 2019

Critique Group Meeting via Zoom app

MODULE 3: COMPOSITION & PAGE TURNS

MAY 18 - 24, 2019

Arree teaches composition for storytelling, as well as layout for the page. You'll also learn how to set up page turns. We'll discuss several types of page turns in detail with case studies and a guide.

MODULE 4: PACING, VOICE & DESIGN

MAY 25 - 31, 2019

In this module, we'll look at how you can control the pacing in your story for more dramatic effects. We'll also explore how to illustrate voices in your story and how to show a character's emotions with word bubbles, thought bubbles, and typography.

IMPLEMENTATION WEEK #2

JUNE 1 - 7, 2019

Critique Group Meeting via Zoom app

MODULE 5: REVISION WITH VISION

JUNE 8 - 14, 2019

At this point in the course, you'll be revising your story through revising your dummy. You'll learn how to "see" the next version of your story and how to revise efficiently. You will also start simplifying and refining your story.

MODULE 6: FINE TUNING AND PRESENTATION

JUNE 15 - 21, 2019

In this last module of the course, students will fine tune their stories and learn how to prepare their dummy for professional reviews and submission.

IMPLEMENTATION WEEK #3

JUNE 22 - 28, 2019

Critique Group Meeting via Zoom app

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. 

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 resources will help you develop your dummies in the creative process. 

LIVE CRITIQUES AT STORY WORKSHOP

WHEN:

Every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. PST, starting at 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 for review during the workshop. Arree will choose stories he can use to teach the entire class. There is no guarantee that your story will be reviewed in a workshop. (If you want guaranteed personal feedback on your work, you should sign up for the mentored critique group or book a one-on-one.) You can increase your chances by implementing what he's teaching in the lessons. He's also more likely to choose stories from students who submit stories early and with consistency.

CRITIQUE GROUPS & STORY COACHING

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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

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SUPPORT

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