Parents and teachers who aspire to writing for kids and young adults can learn to hone their craft during ‘You, Too, Can Write for Children,” a one-day workshop on Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. Taught by award-winning authors and faculty members from Hollins’ graduate program in children’s literature, the workshop will feature hands-on small group sessions rotating among the topics of character development, plotting, voice, sense of place, and other key aspects of writing for children, from picture books through young adult novels.
“Borrowing from their own children’s and students’ lives and the never-ending plots inspired by their own families and classrooms, parents and teachers have a ready source of ideas for a children’s story or book. Many dream about writing one, but don’t know where to begin,” says Amanda Cockrell, director of the children’s literature program and author of the young adult novel, <em>What We Keep Is Not Always What Will Stay</em>, which was acclaimed as one of 2011’s best books for children by <em>The Boston Globe.</em>
Joining Cockrell on the workshop faculty are Nancy Ruth Patterson, whose five novels for children have been honored on reading master lists in ten states, and Candice Ransom, who has written more than 120 books for children of all ages and has been recognized by the American Library Association, New York Public Library, and the Book-of-the-Month Club.
Tuition for the workshop is $40 and enrollment is limited to 24 students on a first-enrolled, first-served basis. The deadline for registration has been extended to Saturday, September 27. Teachers are encouraged to inquire within their schools about possible in-service or recertification credit for attending. To enroll, or to get more information, contact Amanda Cockrell at firstname.lastname@example.org.