Where Story Meets Poetry: Writing the Poetry Novel 2013

< Return to Workshops April 25 – April 28, 2013
Helen Frost

Helen Frost

Helen worked for twenty years as a poet before publishing her first poetry collection, supporting herself with work she also loves, teaching—in elementary schools, as a poet-in-the-schools, and at the college level.

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Kelly Bingham

Kelly Bingham

Kelly was a story artist and director for Walt Disney Feature Animation for twelve years before earning an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College, after which she began writing full time. She is the author of the young-adult poetry novel Shark Girl, which was nominated for state book awards in seven states.

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Susan Dobinick

Susan Dobinick

Susan Dobinick is an assistant editor at Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers. She works on picture books and middle grade and young adult novels. Her favorite stories have strong voices and clearly appeal to kids and teens as well as critics.

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Workshop Description

What makes a poetry novel work? It needs both poetic structure and an engaging narrative that pulls the reader along.  It’s a balance of poetry that strikes emotional chords with readers and good storytelling that keeps them turning the page. This workshop will help writers discover that balance. We will work on structure, both within the poems themselves and in the overall novel.  Experienced faculty will share their knowledge, encouraging participants to generate new work and consider how it fits in with their work-in-progress. Each participant will be offered an individual critique session with a faculty member of up to ten pages of a work-in-progress, plus a synopsis (double-spaced). You will have the chance to polish individual poems, think through the overall structure of your manuscript, and work on new material that will give you renewed energy to return home and finish your poetry novel.

Additionally, we’ll hear from a guest editor, Susan Dobinick (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), about what it takes to publish a novel in verse and what she’s looking for in a manuscript.

Our all-inclusive price means we provide transportation from the airport, lodging, all meals, unlimited snacks, and wireless Internet access.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Seats fill fast, so register now!

Workshop Information

Begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 with an optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press; ends Sunday, April 28, after lunch.

Event Cost: $1150