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Laying the Groundwork for Your Young Adult or Middle-Grade Novel

Online | Intermediate / Advanced | Are you a plotter who wants to broaden your toolbox and add character development to your prep? Or a pantser who wants a stronger foundation to build on? In this class, set yourself up for drafting greatness by exploring different pre-writing techniques to develop characters, worlds, and plots. Brainstorm with classmates and instructor as you develop your ideas. Come to class with a project in its early stages or a manuscript that needs a massive overhaul and leave ready to dive into productive drafting.

This class takes place online via our partners at Wet Ink, and classes can be done at your own pace throughout the week.

Instructor: Joy McCullough

Class Type: 6 Sessions

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Start Date: 05/16/2019

End Date: 06/20/2019

Days of the Week: Thursday

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Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$265.50 Member Price:
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Joy McCullough

Joy McCullough’s debut young adult novel Blood Water Paint has earned honors including the National Book Award longlist, finalist for the ALA Morris Award, a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, and four starred reviews. In 2020, her middle grade novel A Field Guide to Getting Lost releases from Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, and a second young adult novel from Dutton/Penguin is also forthcoming. She has twice been a finalist for the Times of London’s International Children’s Fiction prize.

A graduate of Northwestern University’s theater school, Joy’s plays have been produced in Seattle, Chicago, San Diego, and New York. In the Seattle area, her work has been developed and produced at Macha Theater Works, FringeACT, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Mirror Stage Company, Live Girls, the Mae West Fest, and 14/48. She has taught playwriting for Seattle’s ACT and in San Diego at La Jolla Playhouse and the Old Globe Theatre.

She lives in the Seattle area with her Guatemalan husband, two homeschooled children, and a very sweet Australian shepherd.

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