The Scribbles Academy

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The Scribbles Academy is now CLOSED for 2021 enrolments

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Hello lovely Author—aspiring, emerging or established!

Has creative writing left you feeling frustrated, bamboozled, isolated or fed up?

Are you desperate to write a book for kids but find it really bloody hard?

Maybe you’re bursting with energy and ideas but can’t put a solid shape to it all.

Whether you want to write:

• A picture book

• A junior fiction series

• A middle grade trilogy

• Any kind of novel!

The Scribbles Academy has got you covered!

Check out the video below it’s FUN!


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Hello!

I’m Jen Storer and I’ve written heaps of books for kids —  way too many to hold in my hands!

Not only that, I’ve been sharing my knowledge (and unconventional methods) with thousands of people for years and I’m an excellent teacher.

True!

When you become a member of the Scribbles Academy, I’ll do the same for you. I’ll show you how to unlock your potential and become a happier, more productive writer.

Let’s do this!


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I’ll also hold space and guide you while you:

• Learn to craft your ideas into meaningful stories

• Forge friendships with other creatives

• Develop your online platform

• Get your work under the noses of professionals

• Become familiar with publishing  standards, protocols and jargon

• Learn to spot opportunities and create your own ‘luck’


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The Scribbles Academy helps you:

• Get unstuck

• Give shape to your ideas

• Unleash your TRUE creativity

• Build your confidence (both personal and creative)

• Pick up vital new skills

• MASSIVELY improve your writing (like, I’m talkin’ MASSIVELY!)

• Prepare your work for publishing (if that’s your dream!)


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And I’ve worked on both sides of the fence — as an editor and as a critically acclaimed, commercially successful author.

I’ve worked with the best publishers in the world, HarperCollins and Penguin/Random House.


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I know what it takes to write quirky, huggable, award-winning books. (Yes, readers really do hug my books!)

I know the agony and ecstasy of this process.

This calling.

This madness!

 And I understand how overwhelming it is.

• Maybe you’re fed up with rejections and publishers whose only feedback is ‘no thanks’.

• How can you improve your work when you don’t know what’s wrong with it?

I’ve been in this industry for decades and I’ve seen more manuscripts than you can poke a stick at…

I know why most manuscripts get rejected.

Sometimes it’s just bad luck and market forces.

But most times it’s the writing.

It’s simply ‘not quite there’ yet.


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Maybe it’s too convoluted.

Too quiet.

Too tentative.

Lacks punch.

Needs direction.

Fails to evoke an emotional response.

Lacks narrative tension.

And on and on…


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The good news is all these problems can be fixed!

That’s why I created the Scribbles Academy!

As an editor and mentor, it was obvious to me that something was missing in people’s education and in their understanding of creative writing.

• In the Scribbles Academy I help you access your talent wholeheartedly without holding back.

• I help you develop your unique creativity.

• I help you gain experience so you can create and assess your work with more confidence and skill.

That’s empowering!


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PLEASE NOTE:

The Scribbles Academy was only open ONCE this year, Feb 2021. 

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Often the work submitted to publishers is sooo close to good/saleable/publishable.

But, sadly, most times it’s not close enough.

And these days, publishers don’t have much time to develop new talent. Even if they desperately want to!

That’s why you MUST take responsibility for the quality of your work.

The Scribbles Academy can help you do that.


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Sign up for the Scribbles Academy and follow your heart.

Connect with kindred spirits.

Socialise.

Network.

Make valuable contacts.

Unleash your creativity in ways that will give you a whole new perspective on writing and on life.


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Together, let’s unlock your potential and help you move ahead.

Let’s give your stories and your writing the BEST chance of being published, loved, shared and applauded.

Good writing changes lives—for the better.

Good writing is worth the effort!


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But what is the Scribbles Academy?

No, really.

What.

Is.

It?

Short answer: It’s a unique online Creative Writing Academy packed with tutorials, exercises, downloadable material all designed empower you and bring out the BEST writer in you!

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Long answer: It’s an acclaimed, dramatically different online space where creative writers and illustrators come together to learn, connect and set themselves free of stagnant old patterns that are getting in the way of their self-expression. 

Since starting Scribbles, I’ve actually had publishers tell me that the standard of submissions has improved out of sight!


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Scribbles is a beautiful community. You’ll fall in love when you join.

Everything in the Scribbles Academy, all the video tutorials, exercises, written support materials and live calls, are designed to guide you, empower you, inspire you and, above all, ensure that you grow, flourish and succeed as a writer of children’s books (aka kidlit).

Pretty good, hey?


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What the Scribbles Academy is NOT:

• It’s not a six week course that abruptly ends and leaves you back at square one.

• It’s not a cookie cutter course you could get anywhere online, IRL or in a textbook.

• It’s not prescriptive.

• It’s not slapdash.

• It’s not stressful. Not one little bit!

• It’s not boring!!!


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Once I’m in the door, what’s in there? 


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Jen’s in there waiting for YOU!

• The Scribbles Pledge (you have to sign it and commit to it!) NB Some people go out to dinner to do this. It makes it extra special!

The Scribbles Creative Writing course: Six video tutorials and a heap of downloadable PDFs, designed to get you writing, keep you writing and chip away stale, out of date learning, pesky fears and weird assumptions that might be holding you back and impacting negatively on your writing and creativity.

• Picture Book Corner:

Includes three in-depth video tutorials covering:

  1 Picture Book Fundamentals

  2 Advanced Picture Book Writing

 3 Story Lab (This unique video tutorial is often praised as the BEST thing any picture book author could encounter. Honestly, this tutorial alone has cracked the picture book code for countless creators.)

• Private Facebook Group 

Our Facebook group is a beautiful, intimate space where you can bring your worries and challenges, your triumphs and your questions, always knowing you will be seen and heard.

Other Scribbles Academy Bonuses

• Live Calls Throughout the year,  I host MONTHLY free, one-hour coaching calls. Conducted in our private Facebook group, the live calls are an absolute FAVOURITE Scribbles bonus. Why? Because they keep you on track and supported. Got questions about your work? Bring them to the Live Call and ask for my help. Directly!

This year, 2021, as part of our live coaching calls, I will walk everyone through the SIX core modules that form the bedrock of Scribbles. This will be a month-by-month experience ie one module per month for six months (beginning April). This extra guidance will help you stay on track and give those who struggle with self-imposed deadlines, a gentle nudge in the right direction!

• Live Masterclasses At various venues and various times, these masterclasses are low cost, massive value, and include surprise guest speakers from our industry.


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FAQs (Please read this section. It will give you many insights.)

• Can I buy now but start later?

Everything in the Scribbles Academy is self-paced. You call all the shots! You can treat it like Netflix and binge. Or you can spend half an hour each month faffing about and letting the material wash over you. It’s all good. In Scribbles we honour your unique learning style. You have 12 months to explore and learn!

• What is the time commitment?

If you focus on the SIX core modules, I estimate it will take about 2 hours per month to really get some juice from the lessons. If you decide to go harder, all the better!

• How long do I have access to the course materials?

You have twelve months access, February 2021 – February 2022. However, even though this is the final intake for some time, the FB group is ongoing. It will remain active. It’s too special to be put on hold!

In other words, if you join Scribbles in Feb 2021, you have until Feb 2022 to view all the videos and download the PDFs.

You will also be contacted when anything special pops up such as reunions or IRL classes.

• How much is Scribbles?

This year, an academy membership costs $350 including GST. (A saving of $100 off the usual price.)

All prices are quoted in Australian dollars (AUD). To check conversion rates to your local currency, click here.

Intake for 2021 is now CLOSED.

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• Have you got a payment plan?

We sure do. It’s fabulous!

Pay  $120 AUD (includes GST) now, and get access to the Scribbles Academy immediately. Then pay $120 AUD per month for the next two months. This will be through your preferred payment method.

Intake for 2021 is now CLOSED.

Will you be hosting the Scribbles Creative Writing Awards in 2021

No.

These awards were always an added bonus and never a central part of the Scribbles experience.

They were fabulous for some of our members, but quite distressing for others. Not everyone thrives in a competitive environment.

For the sake of group harmony and to keep the academy focussed on learning rather than competing, I have chosen to withdraw the CWAs in 2021.

• I already know a lot about creative writing. Will this academy be of any use to me?

I can’t imagine how you wouldn’t LOVE being in our academy. Creatives thrive when they are learning, growing and pushing boundaries. Plus, we’ll get to chat, you and I! How cool is that?! We are a very close-knot community because we spend a lot of time together. Not just six weeks!

• I’m clueless about creative writing. Will this academy help?

Totally! OMG, I wish I’d had a place like this when I was starting out. It would have saved me YEARS of faffing around AND I would have felt nurtured and understood rather than scared stiff!

• What if I can’t make it to the live coaching calls?

No worries! All the calls are recorded then posted in the academy’s Bonus Treasure section.

Also, when you join, you have access to previous calls as well.

• Please explain more about the  2021 live calls

This year, as part of our live coaching calls, I will walk everyone through the SIX core modules that form the bedrock of Scribbles. This will be a month-by-month experience, ie one module per month for six months (beginning April 2021). This extra guidance will help you stay on track and give those who struggle with self-imposed deadlines, a gentle nudge in the right direction!

• Can I share the links with my friends or colleagues?

No.

Feel free to share with your partner and  immediate family.

Beyond that, the material is under copyright.

Your membership fee is what gives you privileged access.

• I’ve already written quite a lot of stuff. Is Scribbles for me?

Scribbles is for anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of storytelling.

It’s for anyone in need of inspiration and ongoing support.

It’s for anyone committed to professional development.

It’s for anyone who wants to strengthen their creativity.

• I don’t know if I want to write for children. But I’m interested in creative writing. Will Scribbles help me?

The Scribbles Academy is packed with insights into creative writing. Writing is writing is writing. While the academy tutorials have an eye on the subtleties of children’s literature, the material is broad enough to help all aspiring and emerging authors.

And YES, we have well established authors in the academy, too! 

• Where can I ask more questions?

Just send us an email: girlandduck@gmail.com. We love helping YOU!


The intake for 2021 is now CLOSED.

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