“Writing the Middle Grade or Young Adult Novel” with Samantha M. Clark
April 8 2023 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM CDT$59.00 – $119.00
This Event is for Members only.
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$59 for Members
$119 for Non-Members
Can’t make it to the live class? No problem! All classes are recorded and made available to class registrants for one month.
There’s a misconception that writing novels for children is simple, but the truth is far from it.
Children and teens are some of the most discerning readers of all, and they’re quick to put down a book that doesn’t work for them. Not only do stories have to have tight plots, but writers must also make sure their work has the right voice and content to keep their targeted age group interested. Get it all right, and you’ll not only have a successful story, but also make a reader for life.
In this class, you’ll learn:
- what makes a novel middle grade or young adult
- structuring a middle-grade or young-adult novel
- how voice works to enhance these stories
- tips on coming up with story ideas
- and tools to write novels that will make your MG or YA books standout and last.
TAKE THIS CLASS IF
- You’re new to writing for young readers and want to understand what it takes.
- You’re interested in writing for kids and teens but don’t know where to start.
- You’re in the process of writing a middle grade or young adult novel and want to make sure you’re on the right track.
- You have a finished draft of a middle grade or young adult novel and want learn how to enhance your manuscript for young readers.
The deadline to register for this class is Friday, April 7 at 5:00 PM CT.
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HOW WLT CLASSES WORK:Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.
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This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.
Writers’ League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts – Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to www.arts.texas.gov.
This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.
This project is supported in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information, go to www.maaa.org.