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Getting Your Middle Grade Novel Unstuck 2017 | October 25 – October 29, 2017

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

Whether you’ve jotted down ideas for a novel but can’t get your story off the ground, 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 and their guest, Aubrey Poole, editor of Jimmy Patterson Books/Hachette, 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 plus a follow-up session at the end of the workshop, with time for revision and additional writing in between. Before the workshop, you will be asked to submit 10-12 pages from a work in progress and a brief synopsis or story description for critique.

Faculty blog posts:
Chris Tebbetts: Visual Outlining
Elise Broach: Characters With Charisma

Preliminary schedule:
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 with Elise Broach or Chris Tebbetts

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

Day 3
Morning
Breakfast.
Free writing time.

Afternoon
Lunch.
Workshop: Think Scene, Elise Broach
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 Aubrey Poole
Free writing time.

Afternoon
Lunch.
Workshop: Revision, Elise Broach
20-minute Writing Prompts and Sharing/Discussion
Free writing time and individual consults with Aubrey Poole

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

Day 5
Morning
Breakfast
Lecture and Workshop: Swipe Right; How to Get an Editor to Keep Turning the Pages, Aubrey Poole
Group discussion: Final Q&A and goal-setting

Afternoon
Lunch and goodbyes.

Faculty & Special Guests