Is your child serious about writing? Does he or she love to read? Then check out these interactive courses taught by a veteran teacher and novelist.
Stuck at Home: Why Not Write a Novel?
Writing Workshops for Teens
(Online and in-person options available)
This course delivered via Zoom is dedicated to the skills you need to write and finish a novel. Each class will focus on one aspect of the craft of writing, and the instructor will use contemporary young adult and middle grade novels to exemplify the concepts. In addition to engaging in mini-lessons on craft, students will play games, talk, brainstorm, write, and share as they play and experiment with stories.
The course will require students to engage and interact with other teens. Furthermore, students will have the chance to meet famous authors and industry professionals. Finally, students who sign up for all four sessions will have the option to meet in-person (masks and social distancing required).
Needless to say, these intensive courses are for students who like to write and want to challenge themselves, and who are looking for a community of like-minded teens.
Goal 1: Learn about the craft of writing: from generating viable ideas, writing in scenes, manipulating point of view, to structuring a novel.
Goal 2: Meet other students with similar interests, and develop a writing community, necessary for sustaining a longer piece of writing.
Goal 3: Learn to give and receive feedback that will help students progress as writers.
Goal 4: To inspire teens to read the best young adult and middle grade novels.
Session 1: Characters and Conflict: The Building Blocks of Story (Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:15 PM)
- Sept. 15th: Developing Believable Characters
- Sept 22nd: Generating Story Ideas & Great Beginnings: Setting Up Your Story
- Sept 29th: Author Visit: NYT best-selling author, Chris Tebbetts
YA novel: Burn, Baby Burn by Meg Medina. Book on Craft: Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell.
Session 2: Show, Don’t Tell: Crafting Memorable Scenes (Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:15 PM)
- October 6: Writing a Scene: Dialogue, Snapshots, and Thoughtshots
- October 13: Playing with Point of View & Psychic Distance
- October 20: Author Visit: best-selling author, Ann Davina Cardinal*
YA novel: Feed by M.T. Anderson and MG novel: Restart by Gordan Korman.
Session 3: Story Elements: Structure and Pacing (Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:15 PM)
- October 27: Three Act Structure & The Mirror Moment: Planning Your Story’s Character Arc
- November 3: Setting is More than Time and Place
- November 10: Tension and Suspense: Writing a Page-Turner
YA novel: Dry by Neal and Jarrod Schusterman and MG novel: Space Case by Stuart Gibbs.
Session 4: Advanced Story Structure and Strategies for Revision (Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:15 PM)
- November 17: Story Structure: Planning Your Story Using Save the Cat’s Beat Sheet
- November 24: Revision Vs. Editing
- December 1: Agent/ Editor Visit
- December 8: Critique Group and Sharing
Recommended Reading/ Viewing:
Book on Craft: Save the Cat by Blake Snyder & movies: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Queen of Katwe
- Maximum 12 students per class.
- Students must have a computer with a working camera. Students will be expected to have their cameras on during discussion and small-group work.
- Two optional in-person sessions will be limited to 8 students and will be held if conditions (weather and Covid) allow.
Cost: *Scholarships available for financial need.
|1 Session||Register for All Four and Save|
|Early Bird (Before September 1st)||$175||$595|
|Regular (after Sept. 1st)||$200||$695|
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–Students are expected to write in class and on their own.
–Students are expected to share their own work and to provide positive, constructive feedback.
–Students are encouraged to read widely in the genres they want to write.
–Students are expected to have computers with working cameras to foster relationships and connections with classmates.
About the Instructor:
Larry Fogel-Bublick is a novelist represented by Rachel Orr of the Prospect Agency. His current work-in-progress: Drive, a middle grade novel, is currently on submission with editors. He is a certified English teacher and reading specialist, who has taught in Montgomery County, Maryland, for the past twenty-three years. He will use his experiences as an author and teacher to help you avoid the pitfalls that he has encountered on his journey.
Larry earned his B.A. in English at the University of Michigan, where he won two Hopwood Awards. Subsequently, he earned his Masters in Reading from the Curry School of Education in Charlottesville, Virginia.