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Getting Your Middle Grade and Young Adult Novel Unstuck 2018 | November 4 – November 8, 2018

An intimate workshop for middle grade and young adult authors looking to explore or revise and polish a work in progress.

Whether you’re not sure what comes after Chapter One, you’re stuck in the middle of a draft with no idea of where to go next, or you’ve written most of the book but can’t figure out the ending, this workshop is designed to help! Two award-winning, New York Times best-selling authors, Chris Tebbetts and Julie Berry, and a to-be-announced guest editor will share their writers’ toolbox for getting unstuck, with a focus on research, character development, plotting and outlining, revision, and improvisation/play.

Participants will receive an initial one-on-one critique, as well as an individual “ask the editor” session near the end of the workshop, with time for revision and additional writing in between. Before the workshop, you will be asked to submit up to 3000 words from a work in progress and a brief synopsis or story description for critique.

Faculty blog posts:
Chris Tebbetts: Visual Outlining

Sample schedule from last year’s workshop:
Day 1
Afternoon
Optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press.
Arrival and check in.

Evening
Appetizers & Dinner
After Dinner: Welcome, Intros, and Group Discussion: Why We Get Stuck: Identifying the Problems and the Particular Challenges of Getting Stuck at the Beginning, Middle, or End.

Day 2
Morning
Breakfast.
Workshop: Play and Improv, Chris Tebbetts
Workshop: Plot and Outlines, Chris Tebbetts

Afternoon
Lunch.
Free writing time.
20-minute individual manuscript critiques

Evening
Appetizers & Dinner
After Dinner: Group discussion: Writing/Publishing

Day 3
Morning
Breakfast.
Free writing time.

Afternoon
Lunch.
Workshop: Think Scene
20-minute Writing Prompts and Sharing/Discussion
Group discussion: The Writer’s Toolbox, Strategies for Getting Unstuck

Evening
Appetizers & Dinner
After Dinner: Movie Night: Finding Joe

Day 4
Morning
Breakfast.
Workshop: Character, Guest Editor
Free writing time.

Afternoon
Lunch.
Workshop: Revision
20-minute Writing Prompts and Sharing/Discussion
Free writing time and individual consults an editor

Evening
Appetizers & Dinner
After Dinner: Lecture: Persistence and Optimism, Chris Tebbetts

Day 5
Morning
Breakfast
Lecture and Workshop by Guest Editor
Group discussion: Final Q&A and goal-setting

Afternoon
Lunch and goodbyes.

Please note: we are still adding faculty for this workshop!

Faculty & Special Guests