Description of Class
One night. One author. One focused study of the craft.
We’re pleased to welcome author Sarah Gailey to the studio for this one-night Master Class on utilizing children and animals in your writing. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to study with a master for an evening of close reading and in-depth discussion.
Writing about children and animals seems straightforward – after all, most of us interact with them on a frequent, if not daily, basis. But these creatures serve a complicated function in the narratives we create as writers, as well as the relationships that authors form with our readers.
Children and animals serve to anchor characters to reality, to raise the stakes of a perilous situation, and to demonstrate that vulnerable creatures are subject to very real danger. Using them well can heighten and intensify a story — but using them poorly can render a narrative flat and lose the trust of the reader by cheapening the impact of violence and loss.
This class will include an analysis of a few examples of children and animals in contemporary literature, including Game of Thrones, The Only Harmless Great Thing, and An Unkindness of Ghosts; as well as a craft exercise and a group discussion.
This class aims to help all genres of writers apply the lessons to children and animals in their work, and is especially helpful for those writing speculative fiction, fantasy, horror, YA, and Middle Grade contemporary fiction.Top