Children’s books have a power that resonates across time and generations. This lively workshop invites aspiring and practicing writers to explore the craft of writing for children and young adults.
Children’s books have a power that resonates across time and generations. They connect us to our younger selves, to the children in our lives today and to the rich imaginative capacities that characterize childhood. This lively workshop invites aspiring and practicing writers to explore the craft of writing for children and young adults. The course shares guidelines specific to the main genres of children’s literature: picture books, middle-grade novels and young adult novels. Explore how to apply fundamental writing elements to children’s literature such as characterization, plot, point-of-view, metaphor and voice. Engaging in-class writing exercises provide multiple starting points to develop stories based on your imagination and life experiences.
Elizabeth White-Olsen, M.F.A., is the founding director of Writespace. She holds two master’s degrees in fine arts: one in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and one in poetry from Texas State University. She has taught writing at Texas State and at Inprint. Ms. White-Olsen has published poems and articles in print journals and online. Her first poetry collection, “Given Words,” was published in 2015.
Term: Fall 2017
Start Date: Sept. 27, 2017
End Date: Nov. 01, 2017
Schedule: 7–9 p.m.
Length: Six Wednesdays
Location: Rice campus
Rice Alumni: $248
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