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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Intermediate
  • 9 Weeks

The Middle Grade and Young Adult Novel in Progress

No Longer Enrolling

  • $480.00 Non-Member
  • $455.00 Member

Class Description

For all writers currently working on the first draft of a middle grade or young adult novel. First drafts can be messy, amorphous, and daunting. Some writers feel that extensive critical feedback can be counterproductive before the first draft is finished yet find themselves losing focus without support and guidance. In this class, there will be no manuscripts to read and critique outside of class; all the work will be devoted to one's own writing. In class, writers will discuss craft issues, engage in writing exercises, share frustrations and inspiration, and read short scenes (5 pages) aloud. They will receive feedback in an environment that recognizes the challenges of the novel in progress as well as the unique considerations those writing for young audiences face. Participants may examine the work of such authors as:

  • Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Rainbow Powell
  • Linda Sue Park
  • Marcus Sedgwick
  • Kate DiCamillo
  • Amy Timberlake

At the conclusion of the course, all writers will be invited to hand in excerpts of their novels to receive a written critique from the instructor. Please bring the first 500 words of your novel to the first class.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!