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Writing the Novel-in-Verse

Introductory/Intermediate | Verse novels combine the opportunities of poetry with the narrative arc and character development of novels. The inviting rhythms and white space on the page are particularly appealing to younger or reluctant readers. Explore what makes a story suited for the format, and how to best use verse to tell your story. Come with an idea or a novel-in-progress; beginners are welcome. Work with prompts to generate new material, as well as revise existing work.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online until further notice. If there's a possibility that your class might take place in person, you will be notified in advance. Even if classes can be held in person, there will always be a hybrid option to participate via Zoom.

Classes with "Zoom" in the title will be held via Zoom even after our doors open. Classes listed as "Online" will be held on Wet Ink, our platform for asynchronous learning.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Joy McCullough-Carranza

Class Type: 6 Sessions

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Term: Fall 2020

Start Date: 10/12/2020

End Date: 11/16/2020

Days of the Week: Monday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Joy McCullough-Carranza

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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