Spring 2019 Term Schedule

January 26 - March 23, 2019

Crafting Picture Book Stories

In this course, you will learn a creative process for developing ideas into stories, the elements of story, and what makes a great story.

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.

Course: On Demand
Workshops: Thursdays 6pm-7:30pm PST
With Arree Chung

Drawing Bootcamp

In this course, you will learn fundamental drawing concepts. By the end, you should understand how to stylize, how to construct figures and animals, and how to tell stories visually.

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.

Course: On Demand
Workshops: Wednesdays 6pm-7pm PST
With Arree Chung

Submission Ready

In this more advanced class, you will learn how to hone your story skills and revise your stories. You'll practice writing hooks and pitches for agents, editors, booksellers, and readers so that your submission will stand out. You'll learn to submit confidently with a plan.

 

 

Melissa Manlove and Ariel Richardson are both editors at Chronicle Books and book sellers.

Course: On Demand
Workshops: Wednesdays 6pm-7pm PST
With Melissa and Ariel

Summer 2019 Term Schedule

April 27 - June 22, 2019

Making Picture Book Dummies

In this course, you'll learn how to make a picture book dummy. This class will review story elements. By the end, you should understand how to use: page turns and layout, voice, typography, graphics, white space, and paneling.  

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.

Course: On Demand
Workshops: Thursdays 6pm-7:30pm PST
With Arree Chung

Writing and Revising Picture Book Manuscripts

In this course, you'll learn how to write a picture book in manuscript form and how to edit your own work. In picture books, it's important to learn how to leave room for the illustrator, while still creating a great story. You'll learn how to create set-ups and pay-offs and make a story emotionally satisfying.

Jim Averbeck works, plays, and evades the law in San Francisco, California. His first book, "In a Blue Room," was a Charlotte Zolotow Honor book. His popular books "Except If" and "Oh No, Little Dragon!" feature charming protagonists with pointy teeth. His book, "The Market Bowl" and his middle-grade novel "A Hitch at the Fairmont" were Junior Library Guild Selections. One of his most recent books, "One Word From Sophia," was an Indie Next Top 10 for Summer 2015.  Spy agencies can find Jim online at jimaverbeck.com

Course: On Demand
Workshops: Wednesdays 6pm-7pm PST
With Jim Averbeck

Character Design

In this course, you will learn how to design your own character. You will capture facial expressions, draw bodies, and dress your character. It's important to learn how to draw characters with consistency, so you'll learn how to turn your character and draw an assortment of active poses. You'll also learn how to use color and texture. 

Vanessa Brantley Newton was born during the Civil Rights movement and attended school in Newark, NJ. Being part of a diverse, tight-knit community during such turbulent times, Vanessa learned the importance of acceptance and empowerment in shaping a young person’s life. When she read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, it was the first time she saw herself in a children’s book. It was a defining moment in her life, and has made her into the artist she is today. As an illustrator, she includes children of all ethnic backgrounds in her stories and artwork. She wants all children to see their unique experiences reflected in the books they read, so they can feel the same sense of empowerment and recognition she experienced as a young reader.

Course: On Demand
Workshops: TBA 6pm-7pm PST
With Vanessa Brantley Newton

Fall 2019 Class Schedule

July 20 - September 14, 2019

Crafting Picture Book Stories

In this course, you will learn a creative process for developing ideas into stories, the elements of story, and what makes a great story.

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.

Course: On Demand
Workshops: Thursdays 6pm-7:30pm PST
With Arree Chung

Drawing Bootcamp

In this course, you will learn fundamental drawing concepts. By the end, you should understand how to stylize, how to construct figures and animals, and how to tell stories visually.

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.

Course: On Demand
Workshops: Wednesdays 6pm-7pm PST
With Arree Chung

Writing and Revising Picture Book Manuscripts

In this course, you'll learn how to write a picture book in manuscript form and how to edit your own work. In picture books, it's important to learn how to leave room for the illustrator, while still creating a great story. You'll learn how to create set-ups and pay-offs and make a story emotionally satisfying.

Jim Averbeck works, plays, and evades the law in San Francisco, California. His first book, "In a Blue Room," was a Charlotte Zolotow Honor book. His popular books "Except If" and "Oh No, Little Dragon!" feature charming protagonists with pointy teeth. His book, "The Market Bowl" and his middle-grade novel "A Hitch at the Fairmont" were Junior Library Guild Selections. One of his most recent book, "One Word From Sophia," was an Indie Next Top 10 for Summer 2015.  Spy agencies can find Jim online at jimaverbeck.com

Course: On Demand
Workshops: Wednesdays 6pm-7pm PST
With Jim Averbeck

Winter 2019 Class Schedule

October 12  - December 14, 2019

Making Picture Book Dummies

In this course, you'll learn how to make a picture book dummy. This class will review story elements. By the end, you should understand how to use: page turns and layout, voice, typography, graphics, white space, and paneling.

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.

Course: On Demand
Workshops: Thursdays 6pm-7:30pm PST
With Arree Chung

Character Design

In this course, you will learn how to design your own character. You will capture facial expressions, draw bodies, and dress your character. It's important to learn how to draw characters with consistency, so you'll learn how to turn your character and draw an assortment of active poses. You'll also learn how to use color and texture.

Vanessa Brantley Newton was born during the Civil Rights movement and attended school in Newark, NJ. Being part of a diverse, tight-knit community during such turbulent times, Vanessa learned the importance of acceptance and empowerment in shaping a young person’s life. When she read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, it was the first time she saw herself in a children’s book. It was a defining moment in her life, and has made her into the artist she is today. As an illustrator, she includes children of all ethnic backgrounds in her stories and artwork. She wants all children to see their unique experiences reflected in the books they read, so they can feel the same sense of empowerment and recognition she experienced as a young reader.

Course: On Demand
Workshops: TBA 6pm-7pm PST
With Vanessa Brantley Newton

TO BE ANNOUNCED

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.
Course: On Demand
Workshops: Thursdays 6pm-7pm PST
With Arree Chung