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WSP 210 — Exploring the Middle Grade and Young Adult Novel (CANCELLED)

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Oct 20—Nov 3
Time: 9:45 am—3:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 13
Unit: 1
Tuition: $355
Instructor(s): Lynn Hazen, Elissa Haden Guest
Limit: 21
Status: Cancelled
9:45 am—3:30 pm
Oct 20—Nov 3
2 days
Drop By
Oct 13
1 Unit
Lynn Hazen, Elissa Haden Guest
In the last decade, there has been an explosion of titles and success stories in various genres of middle grade (for ages eight through twelve) and young adult literature (for ages twelve and up). The readership is not only children; research points to an avid adult audience as well. In this writing workshop we will explore such authors as Rita Williams-Garcia and Alexandra Diaz to see how successful middle grade and young adult authors engage their readers. Students will examine various genres in middle grade and young adult literature including traditional, contemporary, historical, edgy, and graphic novels, as well as novels in verse. Through engaging writing exercises, students will investigate writing techniques focusing on voice, story structure, and character. Classroom discussion will cover the writing and publishing process. Students are welcome to bring the first two to three pages of a novel-in-progress, though this is optional.

This course is open to aspiring as well as experienced writers.

Lynn Hazen, Author

Lynn Hazen is the author of the young adult novel Shifty, which was named to VOYA’s Top Shelf Fiction and was a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children. Her other books include Mermaid Mary Margaret, Cinder Rabbit, and Buzz Bumble to the Rescue. Hazen 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’s 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:

(Recommended) E.B. White, Charlotte's Web (ISBN 0064400557)
(Recommended) Katherine A. Applegate, The One and Only Ivan (ISBN 978-0061992278)
(Recommended) Alexandra Diaz, The Only Road (ISBN 978-1481457514)
(Recommended) Lynn Hazen, Shifty (ISBN 978-1582463223)
(Recommended) Nina LaCour, We Are Okay (ISBN 978-0142422939)
(Recommended) Kekla Magoon, How It Went Down (ISBN 978-1250068231)