When asked for advice about writing for children, Maurice Sendak responded, “I don’t write for children; I write as a child.” The same is true for those who write books that teenagers love. This class will bring out your inner adolescent to help you find a powerful fictional voice, and develop strategies for shaping your ideas into novels and stories.
Whether you already have a project underway or are brand new to the genre, you’ll find the work of this class beneficial in understanding the world of books for young people. The workshop format will be supplemented by discussions of character, voice, plot, structure, setting, revision, and point of view in the context of the work presented. The instructor will also address issues concerning publishing that will help you find the right home for your book when it’s ready for the world to see it.
Barbara Shoup is the author of eight novels for adults and young adults, most recently An American Tune, and Looking for Jack Kerouac, and the co-author of Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process. Her young adult novels, Wish You Were Here and Stranded in Harmony were selected as American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults. Vermeer’s Daughter was a School Library Journal Best Adult Book for Young Adults. She is the recipient of the PEN Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Working Writer Fellowship and fellowships from the Indiana Arts Commission. Currently the Executive Director of the Indiana Writers Center, she has taught writing for more than forty years.