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The In-Betweeners: Writing Early Readers and First Chapter Books 2015 | June 11 – June 14, 2015

Frog and Toad. Amelia Bedelia. Elephant and Piggie, Mercy Watson…Do these names make your heart beat a little faster? If so, then this fun workshop is for you!

In between the read-aloud world of picture books and the more challenging realm of chapter books lies an exciting spectrum of stories for beginning readers. These transitional books — early readers and first chapter books — spark a love for independent reading and build confidence.

But what are the rules for writing early readers? How do successful first chapter books manage to be more sophisticated than a reader, yet less complex than a novel? How do you properly pace your stories, create memorable characters, and choose those just-right words?

Children’s book authors and former editors, Jamie Michalak (author of the award-winning Joe and Sparky intermediate reader series) and Kara LaReau (author of the forthcoming Infamous Ratsos early chapter book series), will answer all of these questions and more.

Participants will take an in-depth look at favorite early readers and first chapter books to examine what makes them successful. In a lively, hands-on workshop, you’ll discover how to inject humor into your own stories using various techniques. Finally, Kara and Jamie will bring their many years of editorial experience to the table by sharing tips on how to get your early reader or first chapter book published.

You will experience a one-on-one critique session with a workshop leader; guided writing exercises for strengthening your work-in-progress or creating a new work; reading sessions among participants, and time to write.

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