#KidLit: Writing Dialogue for Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels - Remote!

Saturday, October 16th, from 10:30 am-1:30 pm (EST)
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

Judy Blume says that "Nothing teaches you as much about dialogue as listening to it." In this three-hour intensive workshop, participants will learn how to "listen" for realistic dialogue to utilize in their middle grade and young adult works-in-progress. We'll discuss how to incorporate different modes of communication such as texts, Instagram, and TikToks. Through a series of short lessons, writing exercises, interactive listening activities, and peer review, we'll explore what makes for honest dialogue that kids will find relatable and engaging. You'll leave with a better understanding of how your young protagonist sees and describes the world. 

This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:

Scholarship Information

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Kat Gonso
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  • Young Adult & Children's Literature
  • Professional Development & Skills

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