SATURDAYS, JUNE 5 — JULY 10 | When you were a kid, you were probably obsessed with the hero of a book. You loved that book because it was hilarious, or thrilling, or made you feel as though you weren’t a weirdo living on the wrong planet. Maybe it taught you things you didn’t realize were possible. Maybe it even helped you survive. In this class, we will focus on learning the essentials of writing for children: memorable characters, unique voice, strong plot, deep emotion, and a big idea.
This is a fast-paced class in which we will wrap our heads around some general childrens writing rules, learn from mentor texts, write from prompts as needed, then workshop a draft of an 500-1,500 word picture book, early reader, or one chapter of a middle-grade novel. The final class will explain how to find the best agent for you and detailed instruction on how to write a query letter that will sell your story as an absolutely irresistible read!
All manuscripts and query letters will receive detailed feedback (even if you do not submit work during class, you have a credit for promised comments until the end of time, barring any environmental disasters, acts of supreme beings, meteor strikes, bed bugs, you get the idea).
This workshop is best for beginners/intermediate writers, or artists who want to add text to their illustrations. Handouts will be given each week so you don’t need to go crazy with note-taking. Short make-up sessions will be offered when possible if you are unable to attend each class. Workshops will NOT be recorded.
Talking story is my happy place and this workshop will be fast-paced and full of passion! I give each student customized instruction, market advice, and endless nagging…er…encouragement!
In the words of a current student: “I’m having a blast!”
This class will meet on Zoom. Registered students, please contact the instructor directly for Zoom details.
|Lisa Lerner is the author of the crossover YA novel Just Like Beauty (FSG; a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, currently in development with Lars Von Trier as a movie shooting in 2021). For over 20 years, she has written numerous children’s stories for educational publishers such as Scholastic, McGraw Hill, and IXL. She is currently at work on her first full-length middle-grade novel, which features talking bears and a very literate rat. You can find out more about her at www.lisalerner.com|
Number of sessions: 5
Dates: Saturdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 10 (no class July 3)
Time: 9:00 – 10:30am Pacific Time
Course fee: $300