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WSP 16 — Writing for the Youngest Audience: Little Children, Big Emotions

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 3 days
Date(s): Nov 7—Nov 21
Time: 9:30 am—12:45 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Nov 9
Unit: 1
Tuition: $315
Instructor(s): Lynn Hazen, Elissa Haden Guest
Limit: 25
Status: Closed
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Live Online(About Formats)
9:30 am—12:45 pm (PT)
Nov 7—Nov 21
3 days
Drop By
Nov 9
1 Unit
Lynn Hazen, Elissa Haden Guest
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Well-written books for young children can have a lasting effect on their lives. Great picture books, early readers, and young chapter books offer humor, lyrical language, and the chance for readers (from infants through age nine) to live vicariously through characters. In this workshop, students will participate in engaging in-class writing exercises with a focus on character development, vivid language, pacing, and voice. Throughout, we will examine the interests, concerns, and often turbulent feelings of young children. As legendary author and illustrator Maurice Sendak said, “...from their earliest years children live on familiar terms with disrupting emotions...” We will explore how exemplary classic and new titles by such successful children’s authors as Kevin Henkes, Phyllis Root, Deborah Underwood, and Jacqueline Woodson develop empathetic characters, present conflicts, and capture the emotional heartbeat of a story. Students will put these strategies to work in developing their own characters and stories. Practical tips about the world of children’s book publishing will be addressed with plenty of time for Q&A.

This workshop is open to aspiring as well as experienced writers. Please note that this course will not be recorded.

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, The Amazing Trail of Seymour Snail, and Buzz Bumble to the Rescue.

Elissa Haden Guest, Author

Elissa Haden Guest’s most recent picture book is Baby Builders. Her ten-book early reader series, Iris and Walter, includes five Junior Library Guild Selections, an ALA Notable Children's Book, and a PEN Center USA West Literary Award.

Textbooks for this course:

(Recommended) Kwame Alexander, The Undefeated (ISBN 9781328780)
(Recommended) Elissa Haden Guest, Baby Builders (ISBN 9780525552703)
(Recommended) Elissa Haden Guest, Iris and Walter (ISBN 9780152056445)
(Recommended) Lynn, E. Hazen, The Amazing Trail of Seymour Snail (hardcover) (ISBN 9780805086980)
(Recommended) Meg Medina, Mango, Abuela, & Me (first paperback ed.) (ISBN 9780763695132)
Recommended) Phyllis Root, Oliver Finds His Way (hardcover) (ISBN 0763641235)
Recommended) Maurice Sendak, Where The Wild Things (paperback 25th ed.) (ISBN 9780060254926)
(Recommended) Deborah Underwood, Ogilvy (hardcover) (ISBN 978125015176)
(Recommended) Deborah Underwood, Outside In (hardcover) (ISBN 9781328866820)
(Recommended) Mo Wilens, There’s a Bird on Your Head (Elephant and Piggie Series) (hardcover) (ISBN 9781423106869)
(Recommended) Jacqueline Woodson, The Other Side (ISBN 9781328780966)