Writing for Children and Young Adults with Eileen Palma

    Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 9:30 AM until Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 12:30 PMEastern Daylight Time

    Instructor: Eileen Palma
    3 hour session on Tuesdays
    Yearlong VIRTUAL workshop:
    Fall - October 6 to December 15, no session November 24
    Spring - February 2 to April 13, no session March 16
    Workshop is limited to 10 registrants

    Whether you’re writing a middle-grade or young adult novel, a picture book, or a memoir --whether you have a work-in-progress, a complete draft —or just the beginnings of a story—you’ll be supported through the writing and revision process in this class. Each three-hour class will have craft lessons, writing prompts or writing organizers, and workshopping to help you find the emotional core of your story. We will explore writing targeted to your intended age group, how to write well-rounded characters kids can relate to, and we’ll rediscover your child-like voice while remaining authentic to your story’s time period. We will also discuss topics like how to engage young readers, artistic imagery and how it ties into writing, and current trends in today’s market. This year-long class will help you set and manage writing goals, plan your writing practice, and hone your craft in a supportive environment. A year-long class format will also help you make stronger connections with your teacher and fellow classmates, which means your critiques will build each class as everyone gets to know you and your story. The goal of this class is to help you craft your story from start to finish with all of the necessary tension, plot points, and character development, while keeping an eye on industry and marketing standards.

    Eileen Palma is the author of a middle grade duology The Popularity Pact (Running Press Kids). The first book Camp Clique is scheduled for spring 2020 and the second book School Squad is scheduled for fall 2020. Her romantic comedy Worth the Weight (Diversion Books 2014) was selected as a compelling read from an emerging author for Barnes & Noble’s Nook First program and has won multiple awards. Eileen performed her essay “The Moskowitz Girl” at Read650 at Chelsea’s Cell Theater, and has read at The Lady Jane Salon, a romance fiction reading series in Manhattan. Eileen’s essays on motherhood have appeared in Blunt Moms, The Momoir Project and Her View From Home. Eileen loves teaching just as much as writing and has experience teaching age groups from pre-K up to adult education and everything in between. She has a dual B.A. in English and Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is an alumna of The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College.

    Registration is no longer available because the registration deadline has passed.