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2018 Winner

Winner of the Ezra Jack Keats Book Making Competition

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Violet Gluck's book, Sadness at it's Best, was entered into the Ezra Jack Keats Book Making competition and ended up winning first prize. 

the concept of the proram

"A young man struggles with keeping his imagination and creativity intact as he grows up. Sometimes all you need is a little play."

Video by Carlos Andina and his team


The name of this video is Puck. After I saw the premier of this short film at USF's Campus Movie Festival in 2015, I became inspired by the concept that our brains are in their most imaginative state of being when we are a kid, and along with many other events, I became inspired to create Once Upon a Time...

The 11 Week Program

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The First Session!

This session is very fun and is intended for students to figure out what their story will be about. 


Includes: story plotting, brainstorming worksheets, figuring out the ending or whether it will be TBC, and lots of laughs!


Students will also decide if they will write their story with a friend or by themselves!

Week 2 - 8 WRITING AND TYPING THE STORY

Now we start writing your stories with you. Each student will have experienced writers who will work one on one with them to ensure that their story stays on track and that they are on a good timeline to end their story the way they wish to. 


Students will also have the chance at the end of each program to share their stories with each other. 

Week 8 - 10 ILLUSTRATING BEGINS

By this point, each student's story is pretty much finished, or has ended a great cliffhanger. Now ILLUSTRATING comes in. Each students gets to work one on one with artists who will teach each student where your illustrations will go, and artists will also help students draw them!

Week 11 BECOMING A PUBLISHED AUTHOR

One the last session, each students illustrated story will be overlooked and after, it will be sent to our publisher to be turned into a real published book! 


Once again, students have the chance to share their stories with each other. 

The Promise of the Program

The promised goal of this writing program is for each student to have a finished, published book that a student can hold in their hands. Their book will have an ISBN code on it and will be placed into Green Apple Bookstore and La Promenade Cafe bookstore. Each student will be able to purchase their book from the cafe or have someone else purchase their book. The third copy of their book will arrive in a brown package from the publisher on your doorstep 2-3 weeks after the program is over.


This is when you officially become a published author!

What Comes Included?

Your own personal note book, pens, pencils, drawing materials, 3 published copies of their book, and SNACKS!


Laptops will be included, but we aren't sure how many, and students will have to share, so if you have a laptop PLEASE BRING IT!

EVERY BOOK GETS SOLD AT GREEN APPLE BOOKSTORE

Class of Spring 2019

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Located at Green Apple Bookstore on Clement and 6th street, San Francisco.

Nicole Jenkins (middle, in the picture above) is the founder of Once Upon a Time... creative writing and comic book publishing school, and she is also the main teacher at the program. Besides founding Once Upon a Time... she also studied literature at the University of San Francisco. However, her love for writing doesn't end there; She is also the author of two young adult novels which you can view below.

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HOW TO STEAL A HEART

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Above is Nicole's first novel she wrote titled, How to Steal a Heart. It was published in February 2016, shortly before Nicole got the inspiration to create Once Upon a Time. The novel depicts what it would be like to be gay and transgender as a teenager, and it is intended for young adults.

THE INFINITY SCHOOL SERIES

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Above is Nicole's second novel. It is the first book of her new children's book series for children, titled, The Infinity School and the eventful life of Charlie Moon. It depicts what it would be like to meet someone in your dreams before meeting them in real life. Nicole plans to give out a copy to each  student once a final edit of it is released in Fall 2020.