I’m teaching a Loft class this winter that’s live and in person, inspired by my many posts here.
The Art of Growing Up
01/27/16–03/16/16 | Wednesday | 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom (1011 South Washington Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55415)
Reg $280.00 | Mem $252.00 | Low inc. $196.00
In this class we’ll revisit two iconic middle-grade series: Beverly Cleary’s Ramona and Judy Blume’s Fudge. These series chart the milestones of growing up without dead mothers or anyone needing to save the world. In the first part of each class, we will discuss two or three crucial moments in the book under discussion and how the comparatively low stakes can feel high in the hands of a skilled author. We will also have a sustained discussion about why such books matter—how “quiet” books that chronicle the lives of ordinary children can be comforting companions to young readers. In the second half of each class, students will bring their own writing and/or favorite books into the discussion. Each participant will have at least one opportunity (and obligation) to do so.
Students are encouraged to read or re-read Ramona the Pest,Ramona and Her Mother, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, and Superfudge by Judy Blume.