Writing for Children and Teens, Level Two
Are you a writer for children and/or teens who would like to move forward with your work? This workshop is for experienced writers who have learned the basics and want to sharpen their skills and polish their work. We’ll discuss higher-level techniques for plotting, characterization, description, scene and chapter development, theme development, and writing style, while nurturing each writer’s unique “voice.”
Part of each class is devoted to reading manuscripts and providing feedback to help writers improve their work and help them get published.
Instructor Victoria Sherrow is the award-winning author of more than 100 books for children and teens, which have been published by Harper, Macmillan, Scholastic, National Geographic, Golden Books, Henry Holt, and others. She has taught writing for more than 20 years, and one of her greatest joys is watching her students achieve their writing goals, including publication.
On the value of taking a class, Victoria says: “Writers in my workshops have talked about the benefits of taking a structured and supportive class. Some students continue taking classes long after they master the “basics” so they can keep improving their craft. Classes can inspire new ideas, keep people motivated, and push writers to finish their manuscripts. My students have developed manuscripts in class that won prizes in writing contests and–joy!–been sold to book and magazine publishers. One hard-working student just sold her second picture book manuscript, both of them to traditional publishers. It’s possible to learn and write on our own, but a good class and writing community can make a big, positive difference and help people reach their goals more quickly.”
Read more about Victoria here.
“After taking classes with Victoria for five years, I have sold three picture books to three different publishers. Those books, along with many others, are a result of Victoria’s thoughtful editorial suggestions, my classmates’ support week after week, and revision, revision, revision. I highly recommend Victoria’s workshop—a cozy class where writers create children’s books together.”—Karlin Gray, author of NADIA: THE GIRL WHO COULDN’T SIT STILL (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and AN ORDINARY MOTH (Sleeping Bear Press)