We all have fond memories of the books we read as children and teens. They charmed and enchanted us, sometimes brought us to tears, sometimes made us howl with laughter, and nearly always taught us something about what it means to be human. From an adult perspective, the books of our youth might seem simple in terms of story, plot, and character, but writing for young readers Is not as easy as it might seem: stories must unfold in ways that engage the young imagination, and the language used must be age-appropriate and yet captivating.
Writing for Youth is designed for motivated writers interested in developing their own writing-for-youth projects within an instructive and mutually supportive environment. You'll begin by examining the techniques employed by successful writers, focussing on the two currently dominant markets for youth writing: the middle-grade novel, and the young adult novel. Subsequent classes will include discussions of craft based on exemplary works, targeted reading and writing exercises, and the exchange of thoughtful critique of each others' evolving work.
Whether you're a novice writer or an established author, you'll have opportunities both to produce new work and to improve existing drafts.
For the first class, please bring with you either a middle-grade novel or a young adult novel, and be prepared to discuss what you admire about the writing.
- Conventions of middle-grade and young-adult fiction
- Sub-genres (e.g., realism, fantasy, comedy, dystopia, the historical novel)
- Character, story, structure, and plot
- Setting and symbolism
- Narrative voice and point of view
- What is age-appropriate diction?
- Engaging the young imagination
- Self-editing techniques
- Publishing and the writing life
Participants who complete this course should be able to:
- Understand the different conventions of the middle-grade and young-adult fiction genres
- Generate and develop Ideas, characters, and settings
- Write dialogue appropriate to character and Intended audience
- Experiment with form and style
- Establish and maintain a regular writing regimen
- Apply effective self-editing techniques
- Give and receive constructive feedback on works-In-progress
- Understand how to prepare work for publication
Registration, Cancellation, and Refund Policies
- Registration must be completed prior to 6:30 p.m. on the date of the first class.
- If you cancel your registration up to 14 calendar days prior to the start date, you will receive a full refund.
- If you cancel your registration up to 7 calendar days prior to the start date, a $100 cancellation fee will be charged. The remaining amount will be refunded
- If you cancel your registration after the above dates, no refund will be issued.
Who Should Attend
- Novice or established writers interested in working on a new or existing manuscript intended for young readers
- Anyone who loves writing and is looking for a new challenge
- Anyone who is passionate about literature written for youth