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Writing for Children and Teens Workshop

We will focus on writing for children and teens at all levels, from picture books to young adult. Through discussion, workshopping, and critiques, students will study and improve character, line-level writing, plot and pacing, elements of genre, age group, tone, setting, effective openings, and more. This course will also provide ample information on the process of getting published. Perfect for beginning and intermediate authors and author-illustrators.

Instructor: Kristin Halbrook

Class Type: 6 Sessions

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Start Date: 07/19/2016

End Date: 08/23/2016

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Kristin Halbrook

Kristin Halbrook-Vincent is the author of two critically-acclaimed contemporary young adult novels, Every Last Promise (HarperTeen, 2015), and Nobody but Us (HarperTeen, 2013). Her short non-fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and periodicals. She is also a former literary agent, representing all levels of children's fiction and non-fiction. In 2010, she co-founded the popular website YAHighway.com, a resource for writing and reading young adult fiction. She has taught and appeared as a guest at numerous book festivals, universities, and conferences, most recently at Seattle University, Cavalcade of Authors West, The Ontario Teen Book Fest and SCBWI-Oklahoma and -New England.

Teaching Philosophy: In the classroom, I take a collaborative approach to teaching. I have no interest in standing in front of the classroom and talking at the students for the duration of the class period. I want students to ask many questions, to challenge ideas, and to have the opportunity to learn about the industry and process from fellow writers, whether that happens through mini-workshops, critique partnering, or small group discussion. I believe I am not the only teacher in the class; there are many teachers. At the same time, I find it an honor and responsibility to impart all the knowledge I have gathered through my own writing and publishing experiences to others.

Writers I return to: Melina Marchetta, Hilary T. Smith, Jaqueline Woodson, Sarah Waters, Stephanie Kuehn, Ruta Sepetys, Donna Tartt

Favorite Writing Advice: My favorite writing advice is a quote credited to Anton Checkov: "Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." Whether or not he said those exact words is up for debate, but the meaning is clear: improve your line level writing to not only show more and tell less, but do so in a lovely, poetic way.

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