I’m offering an 8-week class on writing middle grade fiction via the Loft Literary Center. Here’s the catalog description:
Many consider ages 8–12, “the middle grades,” to be a golden age for readers. Their novels include classics like Charlotte’s Web, the Ramona series, and the earliest adventures of Harry Potter. Most Newbery winners also fall into this category. In this class, participants will explore some of the qualities that make a book a hit with young readers, with an emphasis on developing a character-driven story.
And here’s some additional information if you’re interested:
- This is an enrichment course and is not for credit.
- You can expect to spend two hours a week participating in class activities.
- Those activities include short readings & recommended readings, live chats, discussion forums, critiques, and miscellaneous short (and hopefully fun) collaborative activities.
- There is no text but there are lots of recommended titles from the MG canon.
- I will also be providing private critiques to each participant, reading and responding to “a partial” with or without a cover letter.
I’m excited to teach this class, and synthesize what I’ve learned from a life time of reading, three books under my belt, and ten years in learning technology.
Edit on September 12: the class is now full, but it will be offered again in the winter. Send me a message if you want to know when it’s open for registration. Thanks!