Description of Class
From picture books to new adult fiction, the business of writing for youth is an exciting and growing market! Spend four weeks covering topics that explore story structure, development of character, subplot, and submission strategies to snag an agent and a publisher. Students will get an insider’s view and connect to a community of writers interested in the craft of creating stories specifically for the Kidlit market.
This four-week course, taught by Juliet Bond, LCSW (Sam’s Sister, the Jazzy’s Quest series), is designed to guide writers interested in the kidlit genres.
Students will create or rework a manuscript with an eye towards submission to a small publisher or agent.
Week 1: The Plot. Exploring narratives from the hero’s journey to non-traditional structure. How plot and subplot apply to picture books and how it differs in stories for older readers.
Week 2: Hooks and Beginnings. How your first chapter/sentence/paragraph provides the groundwork for everything that follows. Exploring the tasks of signaling the story’s theme, providing exposition, and keeping the reader interested.
Week 3: Weakeners and Fish Heads. Revising a story to make it whole and to eliminate the words, descriptions, and phrases that make it cliche or bog it down with text. By this point, students will have produced a fairly cohesive, short piece of work. Revision will polish it up and make it ready for editor and agent consideration and/or feedback.
Week 4: Submission. How to choose your agent/publisher, write a compelling query letter, and make the publishing market work for you.
Each week will include lecture, writing exercises, gentle critiques and a small amount of homework between classes.Top