Developing Stories for Children and Young Adults

Unleash your inner child and develop engaging stories for children and young adults in this interactive workshop for practicing writers and those new to the genre. Includes weekly in-class writing prompts.

children dressed up and reading under blankets

Developing engaging stories for children and young adults requires a unique set of skills. Writing for this audience challenges us to imagine a world from the perspective of someone much younger, to reconnect to our own younger selves, to explore realistic problems without condescending and to offer our imaginations free rein. In this course, you will study some of the world’s most beloved children’s books and examine aspects of craft that make these stories great. Each class includes writing prompts to generate new ideas and unleash your “inner child.” This course provides a welcoming environment to those new to writing for children and young adults and for writers who are currently developing works for a young audience.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start datesort descending
GWRI1051.S18.1 Elizabeth White-Olsen On-campus 7-9 p.m. Thursday, February 22, 2018

Instructor: Elizabeth White-Olsen

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: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: Feb. 22, 2018

End Date: Apr. 05, 2018

Schedule: 7-9 p.m.

Length: Six Thursdays (no class March 22)

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $275

Rice Alumni: $248

CEUs: 1.2

Note: Limited enrollment

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