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"Writing the Middle Grade or Young Adult Novel" ONLINE with Samantha M. Clark

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Location
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10/21/2020 From 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM



 

$49 for Members
$109 for Non-Members

All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.

There's a misconception that writing novels for children is simple, but the reality 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 or interested in writing for young readers.

  • You want to understand what goes into writing a middle grade or young adult novel.  

  • You want a refresher on the foundations of writing for young readers.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Samantha M Clark is the award-winning author of The Boy, The Boat, and The Beast and the forthcoming Arrow (summer 2021), both published by Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster. She has always loved stories about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. After all, if four ordinary brothers and sisters can find a magical world at the back of a wardrobe, why can’t she? While she looks for her real-life Narnia, she writes about other ordinary children and teens who’ve stumbled into a wardrobe of their own. In a past life, Samantha was a photojournalist and managing editor for newspapers and magazines. She lives with her husband and two kooky dogs in Austin, Texas. Samantha is the Regional Advisor for the Austin chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and explores wardrobes every chance she gets. Sign up for news and giveaways at www.SamanthaMClark.com.

LOCATION

Online

 

REGISTRATION

$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

 

Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

Online registration will close at 5 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, October 21. If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click here for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it. If you prefer this option, please email wlt@writersleague.org with a copy of the form as well. We are working out of our office at this time. 

Once a purchase has been made, tickets are not refundable and registration cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at wlt@writersleague.org and let us know so that we can update the class roster.

 

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.

If you haven't taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to email WLT Program Director Sam Babiak at sam@writersleague.org if you'd like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.

HOW ONLINE CLASSES WORK:

Once you register for the class, you'll receive an email with detailed instructions. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can't attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for one week after the class date. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video. All online classes are hosted on Zoom. To learn more about how Zoom works, click HERE.


A couple of days before the class, you will receive an email with login information. Plan to log in to the online platform several hours before the class so that you can update your computer's Flash or any other settings required to access the platform. (Updates usually take only a few minutes, but you don't want to wait until the beginning of class.) Questions? Email us at member@writersleague.org.

 


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.