Saturday, March 29, 2014
Attention all writers interested in writing for children or young adult audiences!We’re pleased to host a special opportunity for you to attend a workshop session and have lunch with faculty and the director of the acclaimed Hamline University low-residency MFAin Writing for Children and Young Adults Program (MFAC). You’ll get a sneak preview of life inside an accredited MFA program.
Award-winning children’s and young adult authors Marsha Wilson Chall and Laura Ruby, both professors in Hamline’s MFAC program (based in Saint Paul, Minnesota), will present workshops so you can experience learning just as you would in the MFAC program.
9:30-10:30 Bridging Generations: The Picture Book Connection
What makes a good picture book for young readers? No doubt many elements do, but one above all anchors the best examples of this form. Curious? In this workshop, Marsha Wilson Chall presents evidence from the field and suggestions on how you can make your picture book text good, if not great!
10:45-11:45 Building Your Novel Scene by Scene
The prospect of writing an entire novel can be daunting, but a novel is simply an accumulation of meaningful moments, or mini-stories called scenes. In this workshop, Laura Ruby will show you what makes an effective scene, how to arrange your scenes for maximum impact, and finally, how to plan your novel while still staying flexible and inspired.
After the second workshop, participants are invited to have lunch with the faculty and the director of The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline. Here you will hear more information about what the MFAC program at Hamline offers. You can attend both workshops or just one.
Can’t stay for the whole program?
If you choose to do only Crafting Narrative Distance in Fiction for Children, you can meet briefly afterward with the director of The Creative Writing Programs.
Who should attend?
- Adults 18 and over
- Talented writers seriously considering an MFA program now or in the future.
About the Instructors
Marsha Wilson Chall is the author of a chapter book for children and many picture books, including Up North at the Cabin, an American Booksellers Pick of the Lists and winner of an International Reading Association Teacher’s Choice Award; Bonaparte, a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children and winner of a Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award; and One Pup’s Up, a Bank Street College of Education Best Books, a Fred Rogers’ Best Books for Babies, and winner of a National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Award. Marsha’s newest picture book, A Secret Keeps (2012), was also the recipient of the 2008 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Children’s Literature.
Laura Ruby writes fantasy, mystery, and contemporary realistic fiction for young readers. Her tween novels include Lily’s Ghost, a mystery, and two fantasies—The Wall and the Wing and The Chaos King. Her novels for teens include Good Girls, Play Me, and Bad Apple. She has a new middle-grade trilogy forthcoming from Walden Pond Press. Her books have been cited on numerous “Best” lists, including Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best, Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age, the Center for Children’s Books Best Books of the Year List, and Book Sense Picks. Other awards include the Parent’s Choice Silver Honor Award, the Sunshine State Book Award, and The Friends of American Writers Award. Her work has been nominated for the Edgar Award and the Carnegie Medal.
At A Glance
Dates: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Time: 9:30am-1:00pm (lunch is included)
Please plan on arriving ten or fifteen minutes early so the first workshop can begin on time.
Level: Writers seriously considering an MFA
Location: Chicago Studio
Course Fee: This program is free, but pre-registration is required. To register, visit www.hamline.edu/writers.