CHILDREN'S BOOKS WRITING SEMINAR: On day one, we analyze top middle grade novels for 8- to 12-year-olds. We look at how authors capture the perspective of children, pace a story for this age group, bring imaginary characters to life (such as dragons, robots, aliens, or intelligent animals), and approach emotional conflict with the honesty that young readers expect. On day two, participants bring their own writing in for constructive criticism based on what we’ve learned. I also present a brief lesson on plot structure, focusing on participants’ stories.


Duration: One weekend, three-and-a-half hours each day


Write to workshop (at) keithbooks (plus the usual dot com) with the subject line “Middle Grade” for more information.


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