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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:

  1. Build the student’s core writing skills.
  2. Provide the student with the structure, encouragement, and accountability necessary to sustain a long-form fiction project.
  3. Develop several drafts of picture books or a working outline and first chapter of the student’s novel.
  4. 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:

Robin E., M.F.A.
Robin E., M.F.A.
Education

Columbia University, MFA in Writing
Princeton University, BA in English (Honors)


Summary of Experience

Robin is an adjunct professor of sitcom writing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She has written for several television shows, including Clued In and What About Joan, and periodicals ranging from The New York Times to Glamour. Her children's books include three Junior Editions of The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook, the eight-book series The Groovy Girls, and the Young Adult novel God Is In The Pancakes.

Ursula D., Ph.D.
Ursula D., Ph.D.
Education

Oxford University, PhD in Modern History
Harvard University, BA in History and Literature (Honors)
Phillips Academy, Andover


Summary of Experience

Ursula is a writer and historian who is currently a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Science Department at Harvard University. Her first book, on nineteenth-century physicist John Tyndall, was released in March 2011. She has also taught an undergraduate history course at Oxford and worked as a teacher and tutor at the Marymount School of New York for two years.

Anindita S., M.F.A.
Anindita S., M.F.A.
Education

Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults
Boston University, MA in English, Creative Writing Program (Poetry)
MIT, SM in Media Arts and Science, Future of Learning Group
Wellesley College, BA in English and Computer Science (Honors)


Summary of Experience

A co-founder of TheWritingFaculty, Anindita has worked extensively with students in middle school through graduate school on academic writing and admission essays. She was a founding faculty member at a charter school in Cambridge, MA, where she taught middle school Humanities in a mixed-grade, inclusive classroom. She also taught undergraduate creative writing at Boston University.

Katie B., M.F.A.
Katie B., M.F.A.
Education

Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults
Tufts University, MA in Teaching
Brown University, BA in Education Studies, magna cum laude
Phillips Academy, Andover


Summary of Experience

Katie has extensive experience as both a writer and educator. She taught high school English for several years and was a founding faculty member of a charter school. As Features Editor of the internationally distributed Teen Voices magazine, she worked with teen writers and their mentors. An award-winning novelist, Katie is also a communications expert in the nonprofit and educational sectors.

Katrina G.-S., M.A.
Katrina G.-S., M.A.
Education

Boston University, MA, Earhart Fellow in Journalism & Sociology
Boston College, BA in Theater Arts


Summary of Experience

Katrina’s travel essays have been published by NPR, National Geographic, The Christian Science Monitor, and CNN-go, among others. Her children’s book, Ma, The Search for Silence, is forthcoming from Little, Brown, and Company in 2013. She taught writing at the prestigious Kikokushijo Academy in Tokyo, where she was also a TV Journalist and Producer for NHK- World, and for Atraves in Nicaragua.


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