Getting Your Middle Grade Novel Unstuck 2018

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An intimate workshop for middle grade and young adult authors looking to explore or revise and polish a work in progress.

Whether you’ve jotted down ideas for a novel but can’t get your story off the ground, you’re stuck in the middle of a draft with no idea of where to go next, or you’ve written most of the book but can’t figure out the ending, this workshop is designed to help! Our faculty will share their writers’ toolbox for getting unstuck, with a focus on research, character development, plotting and outlining, revision, and improvisation/play.

Participants will receive an initial one-on-one critique plus a follow-up session at the end of the workshop, with time for revision and additional writing in between. Before the workshop, you will be asked to submit 10-12 pages from a work in progress and a brief synopsis or story description for critique.

Faculty blog posts:

Chris Tebbetts: Visual Outlining

Sample schedule from last year’s workshop:

Day 1

Afternoon

Optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press.

Arrival and check in.

Evening

Appetizers & Dinner

After Dinner: Welcome, Intros, and Group Discussion: Why We Get Stuck: Identifying the Problems and the Particular Challenges of Getting Stuck at the Beginning, Middle, or End.

Day 2

Morning

Breakfast.

Workshop: Play and Improv, Chris Tebbetts

Workshop: Plot and Outlines, Chris Tebbetts

Afternoon

Lunch.

Free writing time.

20-minute individual manuscript critiques

Evening

Appetizers & Dinner

After Dinner: Group discussion: Writing/Publishing

Day 3

Morning

Breakfast.

Free writing time.

Afternoon

Lunch.

Workshop: Think Scene

20-minute Writing Prompts and Sharing/Discussion

Group discussion: The Writer’s Toolbox, Strategies for Getting Unstuck

Evening

Appetizers & Dinner

After Dinner: Movie Night: Finding Joe

Day 4

Morning

Breakfast.

Workshop: Character, Guest Editor

Free writing time.

Afternoon

Lunch.

Workshop: Revision

20-minute Writing Prompts and Sharing/Discussion

Free writing time and individual consults an editor

Evening

Appetizers & Dinner

After Dinner: Lecture: Persistence and Optimism, Chris Tebbetts

Day 5

Morning

Breakfast

Lecture and Workshop by Guest Editor

Group discussion: Final Q&A and goal-setting

Afternoon

Lunch and goodbyes.

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  • Nov 4, 2018 - Nov 8, 2018 (5 days)

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