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WSP 231 — Jumpstart Your Children's Book

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Mar 3—Mar 10
Time: 9:45 am—3:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Feb 24
Unit: 1
Tuition: $345
Instructor(s): Lynn Hazen, Elissa Haden Guest
Limit: 21
Status: Open
9:45 am—3:30 pm
Mar 3—Mar 10
2 days
Drop By
Feb 24
1 Unit
Lynn Hazen, Elissa Haden Guest
In this workshop, students will learn how to tap into their own children’s book “muse” and discover the unexpected. Through fun, in-class writing prompts, participants will explore their own childhood memories, bring elusive ideas to the surface, develop interesting characters, conflicts, and settings, and capture fresh scenes on the page. We will read and discuss the work of outstanding children’s book authors such as Jacqueline Woodson and Deborah Underwood, highlighting successful craft techniques. Diving into their own stories both in class and between the two sessions, students will leave the workshop energized with new material and a creative plan for propelling their children’s and young adult stories forward. Practical tips about the world of children’s book publishing will also be addressed, with plenty of time for Q&A. This workshop is open to aspiring as well as experienced writers. Students may bring one to two pages of their work-in-progress for discussion in the second week’s workshop.

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 Univeristy.

Textbooks for this course:

(Recommended) Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles, Children’s Picture Books: The Art of Visual Storytelling (ISBN 978-1856697385)
(Recommended) Nancy Lamb, The Writers Guide to Crafting Stories for Children (ISBN 978-1582970523)