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Online MG/YA Novel Workshop!

November 2, 2018


Excited to announce that I'll be teaching my first 8-week online writing course with Writing Workshops Dallas starting this January! The class will be held entirely online via Wet.Ink, an awesome platform designed specifically for online creative writing workshops. The full course description is below.




The World of Kidlit: Writing and Publishing Your MG/YA Novel


Whether you’ve had a middle grade fantasy percolating in the back of your mind for years, or you just finished a draft of a young adult rom-com, this workshop will help you take the next steps towards publication. Led by Michelle Schusterman, author of over a dozen critically acclaimed novels for kids and teens, this course is designed for aspiring kidlit writers at any stage in the process. We’ll cover the difference between MG and YA novels (it’s not just about age!), finding a plotting or outlining method that works for you, creating a voice that jumps off the page, and uncovering the heart of your story.


Each week, we’ll explore concepts from The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults by Cheryl B. Klein, excerpts from two highly acclaimed children’s novels, and additional assigned reading supplied by the instructor. Students will have two opportunities to workshop pages of their drafts, as well as one opportunity to workshop a query letter or pitch, in a supportive and constructively critical environment. A private conference with the instructor via Skype is available prior to the start of the course.


NOTE: Students are required to purchase The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults by Cheryl B. Klein as the foundational text for this course, as well as Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar (for middle grade writers) OR The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (for young adult writers), which will be used to illustrate concepts explored every week.

  • January 14, 2019 to March 4, 2019

  • Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.


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