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WSP 86 — Capturing the Hearts of Young Readers: Writing with Humor and Emotion

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: On campus
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Oct 29—Nov 5
Time: 10:00 am—3:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 22
Unit(s): 1 Units
Tuition: $275
Limit: 21
Status: Open
Please Note: This course has a different schedule than what appears in the print catalogue. The course will meet on 2 Saturdays, October 29 and November 5, from 10 am - 3:30 pm.
Fall
On campus
Saturdays
10:00 am—3:30 pm
Date(s)
Oct 29—Nov 5
2 days
Drop By
Oct 22
1 Units
Fees
$275
Limit
21
Open
Please Note: This course has a different schedule than what appears in the print catalogue. The course will meet on 2 Saturdays, October 29 and November 5, from 10 am - 3:30 pm.
What makes children and young adults laugh in literature and in life? Why do children and teens read a beloved book again and again? How is it that mere words on a page, invented scenarios, and fictional characters pull at our heartstrings, validate the reader’s emotions, and offer strategies for resilience? Join us in this writing workshop as we explore humor and emotion in exemplary titles for children and young adults. We will examine the ways in which humor and tragedy can exist side by side and analyze how successful authors use a balance between the two to enhance and deepen a story. In-class exercises will focus on craft techniques for capturing and honing your own scenes and stories filled with humor and heart. This course is open to aspiring as well as experienced writers.

Optional: Students may bring one-half page to two pages of their own work-in-progress to workshop at our second class meeting.

Lynn E. Hazen, Author

Lynn Hazen is the author of the young adult novel Shifty, which was named to VOYA’s Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers list and was a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children. Her other books include Mermaid Mary Margaret, Cinder Rabbit, The Amazing Trail of Seymour Snail, and Buzz Bumble to the Rescue. She received an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College.

Elissa Haden Guest, Author

Elissa Haden Guest’s most recent picture book is Bella Rules. Books in her early-reader series, Iris and Walter, have been named Junior Library Guild Selections and have received a PEN Center USA West Literary Award. Guest received an MFA in children’s literature from Hollins University.

Textbooks for this course:

No required textbooks
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