Novel Writing Workshop for Teens

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

Recommended Reading:

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*

Recommended Reading:

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

Recommended Reading:

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

Requirements:

  • 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 SessionRegister for All Four and Save
Early Bird (Before September 1st)$175$595
Regular (after Sept. 1st)$200$695

Register Now:

Questions?

Please email: mrfb@verizon.net or call 240.593.9007 for more information. I am happy to provide references.

Course Expectations:

–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.

9 Comments

  1. Oliver Strent

    I love the way I learned how to introduce new characters using what’s called the three f’s. It really helped me and it was really cool. I learned so much and this class is great for helping write books.

  2. Grace Kavanaugh

    This class is amazing! Mr. Fogel-Bublick is a great teacher and I really enjoyed his writing workshop. He is very insightful and it gave me lots of ideas for my novel and other writings. I highly recommend any of his classes as they are a fun and interactive way to expand your writing skills and even make some new friends!

  3. Ellie Meyerstein

    I really enjoyed taking this class! I learned so much about the different parts of a story and everything that needs to be included. Mr. FB is a great teacher and he made the class really interesting!

  4. Evelyn

    My daughter took this class over the summer and loved it! It was exciting and interesting and she looked forward to it each morning! Great supplement to virtual learning environment!

  5. Wendy

    My daughter thoroughly enjoyed the 3-week class this summer, including the online format and discussion sessions. She remained engaged throughout and has been busy working on her writing and absorbing what she has learned.

  6. Tami

    Larry’s special novel writing class came at the perfect time! My son loved the in-person gatherings and zoom discussions, and felt that his writing truly improved in the three weeks. Larry very respectfully mentors the kids, and imparts many tricks of the trade. He’s a gem, and so is his top notch course!

  7. My daughters both took this class and enjoyed it. The zoom meetings were interactive and instructive, the in person meetings were fun, and the overall experience was eye opening.

    I was impressed when reading the final drafts of their stories – I saw real improvement in their writing!

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