SATURDAYS, SEPT. 18th – OCT. 30th | 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 workshop is best for beginners/intermediate writers OR artists who want to add text to their illustrations.
The pace will be fast as we wrap our heads around some general children’s-writing rules, learn from mentor texts and student work, write from prompts as needed, then workshop a draft of an 500-1500 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 at least one draft and one query letter’s worth of promised comments until the end of time, barring any environmental disasters, acts of supreme beings, meteor strikes, bed bugs, you get the idea).
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 has been writing children’s stories for educational publishers such as Scholastic, McGraw Hill, and IXL for more than 20 years. She is also 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). She is currently at work on her first middle-grade novel that will make 10-year-olds laugh so hard daisies pour out their nose. You can find out more about her at www.lisalerner.com|
Number of sessions: 6
Dates: Saturdays, September 18, 25; October 2, 9 (no class October 16), 23, 30
Time: 9:00am – 10:30am Pacific Time
Course fee: $350