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Fiction Writing for Children & Young Adults

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Fiction Writing for Children & Young Adults

A 10-week workshop. Author Jacqueline Woodson said, “From a really young age, I was reading like a writer. I was reading for the deep understanding of the literature; not simply to hear the story but to understand how the author got the story on the page.” 

In this course we will delve into the craft and fine art of writing for young people. The first half of the course will be devoted to interactive lectures inspired by exemplary work in various formats ( such as picture books, chapter books, middle grade, young adult and poetry). We will explore such as plot, character, dialogue and setting. Through short writing prompts and exercises you will be guided and encouraged to try techniques to deepen character, intensify emotion and develop powerful stories. The second half of the course will on workshop sessions to provide supportive and constructive feedback in a safe setting. 

September 18 to December 4th, 2023 (no class September 25 or October 9)
Mondays, 5:00pm-7:00pm EST
on Zoom

Who Should Take This Class?
This course is open to writers of all levels working on any format who want to unlock their creativity, hone their skills and develop polished work for our most important audience: children and youth.

"Padma Venkatraman is a literary treasure. I have been following her work for over 15 years and I have never been disappointed. Padma’s insight into cultures and characters makes her a voice to pay attention to in the world of Young Adult literature. Not only are these issues clear and present in her books, they surface in the many occasions she has to speak to students, teachers, and academics." 
 - Dr. Steven T. Bickmore, University of Las Vegas, NV, USA

"When Venkatraman spoke to our class, she expressed the power she believes there is in having open-ended stories because there is a power to allowing readers to create their own ending and see the characters the way they want to see them. I think this allows for her powerful characters to become even better role models, because readers can make the story end in a way that fits their own life situation. I greatly appreciate Venkatraman writing the strong-willed, intelligent, and brave female lead characters that she has in her books. Her characters are inspirational and will continue to provide a great literary role model for years to come."
- Dr. Linda Pavonetti, Oakland University, MI, USA

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Class Details

10 Session(s)
Weekly - Mon

NA - Online

Padma Venkatraman 



Schedule Information

Skip dates: (No class on 09/25/2023, 10/09/2023)

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/18/2023 - 12/4/2023 Weekly - Mon 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM N/A - Online Padma Venkatraman