WRITING WORKSHOP: WRITING A CHILDREN’S or YOUNG ADULT NOVEL by Margo L. Dill
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
DURATION: 4 weeks (with chance to register for another 4 weeks at the end of class)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is a class for anyone interested in writing a children’s novel: chapter book, middle-grade novel, tween, or young adult. If you haven’t started your novel yet, but you are planning one—this is the perfect class for you. If you have started but need some direction or want to revise a finished first draft, this class will also be helpful for you! Margo will start with some pre-writing exercises on characterization and plot while classmates introduce themselves and their projects on a private classroom blog. Then students will be paired up to do some critiquing, as one chapter is due each week. Students will critique each other’s chapters and offer suggestions for improvement.
Margo will also critique each chapter. Besides critiquing, students will participate in discussions on certain topics pertaining to children’s writers, such as finding time to write or using dialogue effectively. At the end of four weeks, students will have the option to renew their registration and continue in the class, using the same format.
Margo is helpful, wise and encouraging. If you’re struggling with your writing career or interesting in writing for children, I recommend this class. –Elizabeth
Margo is an excellent instructor—providing students with information, skills, and attention. Her teaching gives practical, hands-on advice that I can use to achieve my goals as a children's writer. I feel much better equipped to meet the challenges this field offers. Thanks, Margo, and WOW! Women on Writing for a great course! –Jamie
The best part of the class was Margo’s accessibility. No matter how trivial the question was, she got back to us with an answer quickly. When she critiqued our work she had great ideas and balanced it with praise when appropriate. I incorporated all of her critique suggestions into my work and learned from it. –Patty
This class opened up a whole new range of possibilities for my writing. I have so many ideas my biggest problem is finding time to do them all. Fabulous, detailed feedback. Great personal assistance. Thanks a billion, Margo! ~ Bonnie
WEEKS AT A GLANCE:
**Please note: The following syllabus is geared toward writers who are starting at the beginning of a novel for critiques. If you want the chapters at the middle or end of your novel critiqued, you can still sign up for the class. You will need to provide a summary of your novel up to the point where you start providing chapters, so your critique partners will understand your story and characters and provide the best possible critique.
Week one: Students will introduce themselves and their projects on a private blog. Margo will provide some prewriting exercises on plot and character.
Assignment: Write chapter one (or the chapter you are providing for critique).
Week two: Students will turn in chapter one and pair up with other students in the class for critiques. The class will discuss creating a writing schedule and finding time to write.
Assignment: Critique partners’ chapter ones. Write chapter two.
Week three: Students will turn in chapter two and critique these. Students will discuss dialogue and dialogue tags, including using slang, pop culture, and “tween” or “teen” terms.
Assignment: Critique partners’ chapter twos. Write chapter three.
Week four: Students will turn in chapter three and critique these. Students will discuss handling description in children’s or young adult novels.
Assignment: Critique partners’ chapter threes. Fill out evaluation.
Materials needed: Access to a computer with Internet, a Google account so you can log into the free Blogger classroom blog, and an e-mail address.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Margo L. Dill is a freelance writer, editor, speaker, and teacher, living in St. Louis, Missouri. Her work has appeared in publications such as Grit, Pockets, True Love, Fun for Kidz, Missouri Life, ByLine Magazine, and The Chicago Tribune. She is a columnist, instructor, and contributing editor for WOW! Women On Writing. She is the memoir and children’s/YA novel editor at High Hill Press and the assistant editor for the Sunday Books page in The News-Gazette. Her first book, Finding My Place, a middle-grade historical novel, was published by White Mane Kids. Her children’s picture book, Maggie Mae, Detective Extraordinaire: The Case of the Missing Cookies, was published by Guardian Angel Publishing. Caught Between Two Curses, her young adult novel, was published by Rocking Horse Publishing. High Hill Press will publish her children’s picture book, Lucy and the Red Ribbon Week Adventures. She blogs on Tuesdays at The Lit Ladies, and is a regular blogger at The Muffin. She owns her own copyediting business, Editor 911, and is an instructor for the WOW! Women On Writing Classroom. She loves speaking to writing groups, teachers, and young writers and has presented several workshops to all ages. When she’s not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her husband, stepson, daughter, and dog—Chester, a boxer. You can find out more about Margo by visiting her website: http://www.margodill.com.
COST: $100, which includes access to the private blog, three critiques by Margo (a published author), and at least one critique each week by a fellow student.
BUY NOW: Writing Workshop: Writing a Children’s or Young Adult Novel by Margo L. Dill (4 weeks, starting 8/26/2015) Limit 20 students: Early registration is recommended.
For Class Session Starting 8/26/2015
BUY NOW: Writing Workshop: Writing a Children’s or Young Adult Novel by Margo L. Dill (4 weeks, starting 10/28/2015) Limit 20 students: Early registration is recommended.
For Class Session Starting 10/28/2015
Notes: Upon successful completion of payment, your name, email address, and contact info will be submitted to your instructor. She will contact you and invite you to a private classroom blog.
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