An online workshop (+ critique) on how to write and pitch young adult, middle grade, and picture book manuscripts.
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Establish your writing career in 2018 with this live webinar that includes a presentation, Q&A session, and critique.
A week-long online workshop on how to write and pitch young adult, middle grade, and picture book manuscripts.
Establish your writing career in 2018 with this Writer's Digest live webinar.
My Writer’s Digest webinar Mastering Middle Grade returns on July 6th!
Mastering Middle Grade: Writing, Revising, and Pitching Your Middle Grade Novel includes a live presentation (plus access to the recorded version for a year), a Q&A session (where all questions will receive a response), and a critique of your query letter and the first 1000 words of your middle grade manuscript (all critiques will be completed by me). It’s going to be a great webinar for writers interested in the middle grade category who want to take their writing to the next level.
What you'll learn:
- The common elements of a middle grade novel
- What the current middle grade market looks like in publishing
- What the middle grade audience is looking for in a book
- The appropriate word count for middle grade manuscripts of all genres
- The common themes in middle grade stories
- How to write in the elusive middle grade “voice”
- How to create engaging and diverse middle grade characters
- The importance of a high concept plot with high stakes conflict
- What mistakes to avoid in your manuscript's opening chapter
- What a query letter is and why you want a literary agent
- How to craft a successful query letter for your middle grade project
- The best resources to bookmark as you continue writing, revising, and pitching
For more information about registration (including the official description, guidelines, and pricing), visit the webinar’s page on Writer’s Digest: Writing, Revising, and Pitching Your Middle Grade Novel.
I am co-presenting a four-day boot camp on all things kid lit! Selling Your Children's Book: How to Write and Pitch Novels & Picture Books for Kids includes your choice of two presentations, Q&A sessions, and a critique.
Children's books—young adult, middle grade, and picture books—have taken over the publishing industry (in a good way). Readers of all ages are devouring the books that used to only take up space in libraries, children's bookshelves, or school classrooms. Now, children's books are celebrated for their enchanting prose, their relatable characters, their beautiful illustrations, and their fantastic stories that transcend age category. The growth of the children's book sector has been unprecedented this past decade—so how can you make your manuscript stand out in these crowded categories and genres?
Depending on what you're writing, you can choose to listen to a webinar on picture books (hosted by Carly Watters) or on middle grade and young adult fiction (hosted by yours truly).
This program will show writers of Young Adult and Middle Grade the following:
- What the difference is between Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction
- How to create engaging characters that agents, editors, and readers will love
- Where (and where not) in the your story to start the manuscript
- How to avoid the most common mistakes found in Young Adult and Middle Grade manuscripts, such as talking down to your audience
- How to use common Middle Grade and Young Adult tropes
- What the biggest genres are in Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction right now—and how to decide where your manuscript fits in
- What to highlight in your pitch to sell your book to agents and publishers
- What you can learn from your favorite Young Adult and Middle Grade novels
This program will show writers of Picture Books the following:
- What the state of the market looks like for picture books
- How to learn from previous bestsellers
- How to come up with a great story that's character- and plot-driven
- How to create a page-turning arc that will keep kids coming back
- Why rhythm, not rhyming, is the key to success
- How to think visually and how to work with illustrators
- How to avoid the “don'ts" in writing for children
- How to inspire kids without writing heavy morals
For more information and to register, visit the official boot camp page at Writer's Digest University.