Writing for Children and Young Adults
For the aspiring children’s writer, our tutors can offer valuable direction on picture book, middle grade, and young adult manuscripts. Our highly skilled instructors help students map plot-lines, flesh out characters, establish narrative voice, sketch trajectories of conflict and resolution, and sharpen language and style at the sentence level.
The goals of our Writing for Children and Young Adults program are fourfold:
- Build the student’s core writing skills.
- Provide the student with the structure, encouragement, and accountability necessary to sustain a long-form fiction project.
- Develop several drafts of picture books or a working outline and first chapter of the student’s novel.
- Understand the genre of children’s fiction including the relationship between images and text and the immediacy of the form.
A typical program in writing for children and young adults involves one 60-90 minute session per week, with writing and reading assignments for the student to complete independently and discuss at the following session. In addition to exercises on story, character, conflict, and prose style, the student generates an outline for his or her book and a solid draft of the first chapter for novel-length works. In picture book programs, students will draft and extensively revise 2-4 stories.
Our Writing for Children and Young Adults Instructors:
Our team of Writing for Children and Young Adults instructors includes the tutors below. Click on the instructor’s short profile to access his or her full profile: