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WSP 110 — Keeping It Real: Establishing an Authentic Voice in Young Adult and Children's Writing

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Aug 5—Aug 12
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 29
Unit: 1
Tuition: $280
Instructor(s): Kristen Tracy
Limit: 21
Status: Open
On-campus course
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Aug 5—Aug 12
2 days
Drop By
Jul 29
1 Unit
Kristen Tracy
Establishing a voice that a child will find genuine involves more than discovering your own inner teenager or child. In this workshop, you will learn various techniques for crafting an authentic voice for young readers. We will complete several writing exercises that will help you explore your voice through a range of age levels. These exercises will be useful for any project you have under way, and also help target new ideas and directions for future work. We will look at several examples of award-winning and bestselling young adult and children’s authors such as Abby Hanlon, Christopher Paul Curtis, Jenny Downham, Nicola Yoon, and Sherman Alexie. We will study narrative voices that range from seven to seventeen years old. We will also experiment with a series of exercises designed to help you explore a range of young voices. Last, we will work on developing and polishing a pitch and description of your work that you can use when approaching agents and editors.

Kristen Tracy, Author

Kristen Tracy has written twelve critically acclaimed novels for young adults and young readers, including Lost It, Camille McPhee Fell Under the Bus, Hung Up, and Project (Un)Popular. She received an MA in American literature from Brigham Young University, an MFA in poetry from Vermont College, and a PhD in English from Western Michigan University.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Abby Hanlon, Dory Fantasmagory (ISBN 978-0147510679)
(Required) Christopher Paul Curtis, Watsons Go to Birgmingham (ISBN 978-0440228004)
(Required) Jenny Downham, Before I Die (ISBN 978-0385751834)
(Required) Nicola Yoon, Everything Everything (ISBN 978-0553496673)
(Required) Sherman Alexie, Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian (ISBN 978-0316013697)
(Required) Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl (ISBN 978-1423124528)