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The Joke’s on You! The Scoop on Humor, Middle Grade through YA 2017 | October 12 – October 15, 2017

Learn to manipulate humor in your writing, grow your characters, enliven your setting, and add momentum and energy to your story.

In this hands-on workshop designed for intermediate-level writers of middle grade through young adult, participants will use a range of classic and contemporary published work as well as workshop manuscripts to study the many ways in which humor operates in the form of the novel. Learn to manipulate humor in your writing to grow your characters, enliven your setting, and add momentum and energy to your story. You’ll be required to send in your opening 10 novel pages as well as 5 pages each from the middle and the (projected) ending of your work.

Preliminary schedule:
Day 1
Afternoon
An optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press.
Arrival and check-in.

Evening
Appetizers & dinner.
After dinner: Welcome and introductions, ice-breaker exercise.

Day 2
Morning
Breakfast.
Writing exercise.
Manuscript workshopping.
Free writing and revising.

Afternoon
Lunch.
Uma Krishnaswami: “The Laughter Inside: How Humor Lifts Your Characters and Your Readers.”
Free writing and revising.
One-on-one critiques with faculty.

Evening
Appetizers & dinner.
After dinner: Agent presentation from Elizabeth Harding and Ginger Knowlton of Curtis Brown Ltd.

Day 3
Morning
Breakfast.
Writing exercise.
Manuscript workshopping.
Free writing and revising.

Afternoon
Lunch.
Cynthia Leitich Smith: “10 Tips for Writing Comedies and Books with Humorous Elements.”
Free writing and revising.
One-on-one critiques with faculty.

Evening
Appetizers & dinner.
After dinner: Four-minute student readings.

Day 4
Morning
Breakfast.
Manuscript workshopping.
Authors Q&A Panel, Sean Petrie moderates.

Afternoon
Lunch and farewell.

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