From the Outside in: Writing Outside Your Own Experiences for Books for Children and Teens

About This Event

Overview

Learn meaningful ways to form diverse characters and worlds, avoid harmful stereotypes, and create responsible narratives for children and teens.

Join three noted authors to learn more about their journeys to writing outside their own experiences. This dynamic team believes that writers who want to portray diverse characters *can* do so in a way that enriches the reading lives of children and teens. It takes an open-hearted attitude, the right tools, and willingness to put in the work and time.

What You’ll Learn

You will:

Hear lectures on crucial topics, including “Do No Harm”; the changing landscape of literature for young readers; “Windows, Mirrors, and the Kitchen Table,” and more

Participate in discussion of general issues and those specific to participants’ manuscripts

Complete hands-on writing and revision exercises

Be able to ask questions at a Q&A panel

Receive roundtable feedback on your story

Have free writing time

leave this workshop with practical tips and strategies to strengthen your own writing

Who Should Attend

Writers who are interested in writing outside their own experience, and want to do so responsibly.

Agenda

Workshop sessions include:

Lectures on crucial topics, including “Do No Harm”; the changing landscape of literature for young readers; “Windows, Mirrors, and the Kitchen Table,” and more

Discussion of general issues and those specific to participants’ manuscripts

Hands-on writing and revision exercises

Guided reflection

A Q&A panel

Roundtable feedback

Writing time

Resources

Linda Sue Park’s TED Talk: Can a Children’s Book Change the World?

Laurie Halse Anderson: Making History Come Alive for Young Readers

Faculty Interview: Leah Henderson

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This is a new workshop, so we’ll have testimonials for next time!


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