Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): Writing Critters: Writing about Non-Human Animals
For as long as stories have existed, humans have included non-human animals in their tales (or should I say... tails). From Anansi the Spider to Aesop's fables, from E.B. White's pig to Jean Craighead George's wolves, from Samantha Irby's cat to Sy Montgomery's octopus, animals show up in all forms of literature: fiction and nonfiction, adult and children's, poetry and prose, ancient and contemporary. This session will explore how authors approach writing about animals, both domesticated and wild, in both fiction and nonfiction, and address some of the common questions that come up when writing about non-humans: avoiding sentimentality, grappling with anthropomorphism, and developing animal characters that are more than thinly-veiled allegories.
In addition to reading literary excerpts featuring animals, this session will include several writing exercises to help you tackle writing about your own feathered, scaly, or furry friend.
Who Should Register?
For high school writers age 13 - 18 ONLY. Writing notebooks will be available, but feel free to bring your own.
*If you are registering on behalf of your teen, add their email information in the “For a Friend or Child?” field on the right-hand side of the screen before you check out. This will send them a direct link and reminder to create their own profile with GrubStreet.
(After adding the class to your cart, click "Checkout" and click “Add” next to “For a Friend or Child?” on the right-hand side to fill in their email. This is an easy way of linking the class to your child and encourages them to create their own account.)
Parents/guardians must also complete this permission form online before the start of the class.
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