Mastering the Middle Grade

writing barn 1This August, I’ll be a faculty member at the Full Novel Revision Week: Mastering the Middle Grade. This week of work and wonder will happen at the  most magical spot on earth–The Writing Barn, which is right here in Austin!

If that’s not exciting enough, I’ll be coaching you along with Kathi Appelt, Bethany Hegedus, and Rita Williams-Garcia. One of us will the draft (or near-complete draft) of your middle grade novel before you arrive. Then during the week we will meet with you to discuss a strategy for revision and provide mentoring once you begin.

You can do your work surrounded by flowers in bloom, though you may take time to socialize with writing colleagues and attend lectures designed to help you improve your craft. These lectures include:

“Putting the Rabbit in the Hat: Animals and Magic in Middle Grade Books” by  Kathi Appelt, Newbery honor author of The Underneath, and National Book Award Finalsit for The Underneath and The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

If You Build It, They Will Read: A Nuts & Bolts Approach to Scene and Structure” by Bethany Hegedus,  Bank Street Best Books author of Between Us Baxters and Truth with a Capital T and the forthcoming, Grandfather Gandhi, co-written with Arun Gandhi

“Big Game Treasure Hunting: Populating Your Novel with the Perfect Objects” by Rita Williams Garcia, Coretta Scott King winner, Scott O’Dell Prize for Historical Fiction, National Book Award finalist and Newbery Honor author of One Crazy Summer and 2013’s PS: Be Eleven

And I’ll be talking about one of my all-time favorite topics: “Lights, Camera, Action: Settings That Spring to Life!”

We’d love to have you join us! For more information, please click on this link.



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