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We’ll examine how a story is structured from board books and picture books to middle grade and young-adult novels. Through class discussion, in-class writing exercises, and weekly reading assignments, students will learn how develop a plot around choices a character makes and build a story arc that will hold a young reader’s interest. We’ll study how the pros do it — from picture-book author Mo Willems to young-adult mystery by Elizabeth George. Students will receive written feedback from the instructor and come away with a concrete piece of writing.
No class May 17.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Winter quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Clare Hodgson Meeker's ten books and more than twenty magazine stories for children have won national awards. She has been teaching writing to children and adults for the past fifteen years. She is also a frequent speaker at writing conferences.