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"How to Write Compelling Stories for Young Readers" with Shana Burg

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ACC Highland Campus rm. 2102
6101 Airport Blvd.
Austin, TX 78752

10/18/2014 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


$49 for WLT members (log in for member pricing)

$109 for nonmembers

Come learn about the craft of writing for young readers. What is different about writing for this market and what are the common mistakes writers make? We'll talk through how to plot your novel, how character secrets keep young readers turning pages, and how to make settings spring to life.

Other topics will include:

-- Differences between chapter books, middle grade, and young adult

-- Structure and elements of a book for young readers

-- Examples of effective stories and how/why they work

About the instructor:

Shana Burg is the award-winning author of two novels for young readers. A Thousand Never Evers (Random House, 2008) was named one of the Top 10 Middle Readers by Amazon in 2008 and was the National Parenting Publications Award Gold Winner. In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly said A Thousand Never Evers is “Gripping...delivers an emotional wallop.” Laugh with the Moon (Random House, 2012) was on several state reading lists, including the Texas Bluebonnet master list for grades 3-6. It was named a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People by the National Council for Social Studies. Laugh with the Moon received a starred review from School Library Journal.


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