• Term: Fall 2022
  • Start Date: September 18, 2022
  • End Date: October 23, 2022
  • Day of Week: Sunday
  • Time: 1:10pm - 3:10pm PT
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $305.00
  • Member Price: $274.50

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Un-Mucking the Manuscript’s Middle for Middle Grade/YA

The rough draft is (mostly) done, but the middle is a mess. We will identify ways to weave a coherent storyline, starting from page one, throughout the middle’s fun, games, and misadventures, to a satisfying yet surprising ending. Through a mix of brief lectures, writing exercises, and in-class critiques, students will learn how to build strong, compelling character arcs, giving life and structure to the manuscript’s middle fifty percent. This class is intended for adult writers of middle grade/young adult fiction.

Registration dates:

August 22: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

August 23: Member registration opens

August 30: General registration opens

Amanda Hosch

Amanda Hosch


Amanda Hosch (she/her) is the author of the middle grade mystery, Mabel Opal Pear and the Rules for Spying. An English as a Second/Foreign Language teacher by profession, she taught abroad for almost a decade. A fifth-generation New Orleanian, Amanda now lives in Seattle with her family, two rescue cats, and a ghost cat. Currently, she writes copy for tech companies and volunteers with refugees as ESL Talk Time Facilitator.