The Scribbles Academy: The Online Creative Writing World Everyone Adores!

Next intake for The Scribbles Academy is February 2020.

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Is this you?

Your magic pen is fickle. You love creative writing but deep down you know your work could be way more enchanting.

Or

Your adventures in creative writing have been like walking through quicksand—you know, the kind that gobbled up the horse in The NeverEnding Story.

Or

You just can’t seem to get started. Or keep going. Or make sense of what you’re doing!

Yikes!

If this is you, you need my help!

I’m Jen Storer. I’m a best selling children’s author. I’ve had loads of books published, mostly by HarperCollins and Penguin.

I’ve also worked in-house as a children’s book editor and project manager.

I’ve taught creative writing to all kinds of people, have an Honours Degree in Literature and blog regularly about creative writing.

I’ve also built an extraordinary writing community over on Facebook (aka The Duck Pond).

Phew! You could say I love words.

I want to share that love with you!

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That’s why I created


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The Scribbles Academy is an online space you can return to over and over.

It’s not like other creative writing courses.

The Scribbles Academy aims to deepen your understanding of storytelling. Membership is designed to give you way more confidence, accelerate your learning and increase your chances of getting published (if that’s what you want!).

The Scribbles Academy  will help you blast through blocks! It will make you braver. And, the braver you are the more creative you become!

More rules will not make you braver. Creativity will make you braver! So will learning to trust yourself. Taking risks. Listening to your calling.

Through loads of quirky exercises, downloads and video ‘lectures’ from me, The Scribbles Academy will show you how to make your writing SPARKLE.

How much is The Scribbles Academy?

Membership costs $450 (plus $45 GST). (That’s a one-off payment, okay?)

Price is in Australian Dollars (AUD). For conversion to other currencies click here.

I’m in! Take me to the shop, Jen!


Need a little help?

Scribbles Academy Payment Plan

We’ve have got you covered!

We offer a nifty payment plan so you can pay for your Academy membership over four months while still getting access to EVERYTHING from day one! All the videos, tutorials, downloads and Scribbles Academy bonuses! BAM!

Pay AUD $114 (plus $11.40 GST) now and get access to The Scribbles Academy immediately!

The balance is then paid off over the following three months.

This equates to a total payment of AUD $501.60 (4 x AUD $114 + 4 x $11.40 GST = 4 x $125.40 including GST)

For those residing outside of Australia please click the Rest of the World (GST Free) button (4 payments x AUD $114 )

To take advantage of the Payment Plan, click the Buy Now button for your region (see below).

The next intake for The Scribbles Academy is February 2020.

Payment Plans will be available again then.


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Want to know more?


Here’s what’s in The Scribbles Academy package:

The Scribbles Creative Writing Course

Video, Module One, Magical Mess: I discuss the power of loosening up and making a mess. We quickly get comfortable with the importance of playing. We even sign The Scribbles Pledge.

Video, Module Two, Magnetic Words: I demonstrate the magnetic power of words and you get to experience that power firsthand. People are often gobsmacked by what they discover in this module!

Video, Module Three, Fancy Language:  I talk about the subtleties of language and what, from a technical level, makes a story sparkle. Includes bonus video, The Story Lab. In the lab, I take two picture books apart and analyse them closely — so closely it might make your head spin!

Video, Module Four, Charming Names:  Here you will meet  a heap of characters you never knew existed—inside your own head! Warning, this module can lead to writing BOOKS!

Video, Module Five, Magnetic Settings: We go places and find stories that will surprise you. Together, we’ll uncover what’s lying dormant in your big ol’ creative brain!

Video, Module Six, Story Time:  I discuss structure (don’t yawn) and its vital contribution to storytelling. I strip out some of the heavy duty ‘theory’ and introduce you to Jen Storer’s, Magic Story Hanger. This module will help you see (visualise) structure more clearly.


Each module includes downloadable play-sheets (written support material), and unique exercises designed to help you bypass your inner critic, honour your imagination and strengthen your storytelling intuition.

Remember, the BEST storytellers, artists and writers rely heavily on their intuition. I cannot stress this enough!

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PICTURE BOOK CORNER! 

Also included in The Scribbles Academy, three extra-special video tutorials focussed on creating all kinds of picture books, from concept books right through to conventional stories.

Video One, Picture Book Fundamentals 1: What is a Picture Book?  Trust me, I’ve been in charge of several slush piles. Lots of people think they know what a picture book is.  But they don’t! Together, let’s get the basics right. Then you can build something wonderful.

Video Two, Picture Book Fundamentals 2: Creating a Picture Book
An in-depth look at the language and structure of picture books. This video tutorial expands on and compliments PBF1.

Video Three, Story Lab: Picture Books Under the Microscope
In this highly instructive video tutorial, I analyse my own picture books, Blue, the Builder’s Dog and Clarrie’s Pig Day Out. I present a page-by-page analysis of the language, the structure and all the editing and illustration decisions that went into creating these books. You won’t get insights like this anywhere else!

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Scribbles Academy Bonuses

Your Scribbles Academy membership entitles you to all sorts of other goodies, too!

Bonus One

Free access to our Private FB group. In this beautiful space you’ll meet other Scribblers, be supported and encouraged to share your journey, your fears, your wins and breakthroughs. You’ll also have regular contact with me. In this group I share thoughts, reflections and practical insights into my creative process—insights I don’t share anywhere else.

Bonus Two

Access to my ‘real life’ masterclasses. An annual treat!

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Bonus Three

Access to the annual Scribbles Live Round.

Every year I do a series on one-hour LIVE FaceBook coaching calls.

The Live Round goes for four weeks (four Tuesdays in a row).

The Live Round is a chance to bond more closely, to learn from each other, share our experiences and ask me questions directly.

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Bonus Four

Access to the annual Scribbles Creative Writing Awards (sponsored by HarperCollins Children’s Books).

These awards are fast becoming everyone’s favourite!

The Scribbles Creative Writing Awards nurture emerging talent and help you get noticed!

All our judges are highly esteemed professionals. They understand what it takes to be a force in the Kid Lit industry. Plus, they know good work (and can spot promising talent) when they see it!


Click here to read about the 2018 awards.


Supplies List for the Scribbles Creative Writing Course

To get the best out of the experience, here’s what you’ll need:

  • A computer that can play videos
  • A printer
  • A lecture pad (120 pages at least!)
  • Some old magazines or colourful wrapping paper to use for collage
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick OR Gel Medium
  • A cheap paintbrush for applying the medium
  • A pen (or twenty!)

Helpful, but not essential

A copy of my picture book, Blue, the Builder’s Dog. Illustrated by Andrew Joyner.

Published by Penguin Australia.

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Available at all good bookshops in Australia.

Or, you can buy it at one of these online booksellers:

The Kids’ Bookshop | Boomerang Books | Booktopia


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FAQs

Please read these before you send an email to girl and duck. Some questions are common to many. Let’s fast track the answers so you don’t have to hang about, tapping your toes, in an e-mail queue!

How much is a Scribbles Academy membership?

At the moment, membership costs $450 (plus $45 GST). (This will rise substantially in 2020, to reflect the massive value we offer!)

Price is in Australian Dollars (AUD) 

For conversion to other currencies click here.

We also offer a payment plan.

Pay AUD $114 plus $11.40 GST now and get access to The Scribbles Academy immediately. The balance is then paid off over the next three months.

How does a Scribbles Academy membership work? 

We’ve kept the user experience simple.

When you purchase your membership, you’ll receive an email with a downloadable pdf. The pdf contains the link to The Scribbles Academy website PLUS your password to open the website.

The pdf also includes an invitation to The Scribbles Academy closed Facebook group.

All the videos are in one place! 

Play-sheets (the written support material and creativity exercises) are there for you to download and print, too.

The Scribbles Academy is centred on self-study. This means you can do the modules at your own pace, in your own time. You can return to the Academy over and over again, too.

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.

How long do I have access to the videos?

You have lifetime access.

This means you can view the videos for as long as they exist in their online format. Unlike DVDs (or real life teachers), online videos don’t wear out!

I’ve already written  a lot of stuff. Is The Scribbles Academy for me?

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

It’s for anyone in need of inspiration.

It’s for anyone who wants to stretch their imagination and  embrace the joy and originality that comes with loosening up.

It’s for anyone who loves writing for children and wants to hone their skills and strengthen their foundations.

I don’t know if I want to write for children. But I’m interested in creative writing. Will The Scribbles Academy be of use to me?

This beautiful academy is PACKED with insights into creative writing. Writing is writing is writing. While Scribbles has an eye on the subtleties of children’s literature, it’s broad enough to be helpful to all aspiring and emerging authors.

How much is Scribbles?

Membership costs $450 (plus $45 GST).

Price is in Australian Dollars (AUD)

For conversion to other currencies click here.

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Need to know more? Please drop us a line at girlandduck@gmail.com

We want you to be happy!

I’m in! Take me to the shop, Jen!