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Writing for Kids – The Next Step

Via Zoom

Are you ready to go deeper with your kid-lit writing? This workshop will help you get feedback on your work-in-progress from other writers who, like you, are devoted to young people’s literature. You’ll have the opportunity to workshop your piece (short story or novel) multiple times over the course of this six-week class so you can receive feedback, discuss your story, and make revisions. We’ll focus on craft issues such as point of view, dialogue, setting, character development, and effective use of language to help you improve your work. Plus, we’ll talk about the revision process, analyze published short stories/novel excerpts, and swap book recommendations. This class is geared toward writing/editing middle grade and young adult fiction. (Middle grade is typically defined as intended for readers ages 8-12, and young adult as readers ages 13-18.)

Students should have at least one work-in-progress they’d like to receive feedback on.

The fee for this 6-week class is $240. Class size is limited to 8 students and requires a minimum of 4 students to run.

Students must register by Tuesday, September 13 to receive the Zoom link.

About the Instructor:
Tina Tocco’s writing for children has appeared in Highlights, Highlights High Five, Cricket, AppleSeeds, Humpty Dumpty, Turtle Magazine for Preschool Kids, Pockets, and other children’s publications. She is the author of the children’s poetry collection The Hungry Snowman and Other Poems (Kelsay Books, 2019). Tina’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have also been published in various literary journals and anthologies, such as New Ohio Review, Crab Creek Review, Potomac Review, River Styx, Harpur Palate, Ovunque Siamo, Best Small Fictions 2019, and Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana. In 2019, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in fiction. Tina earned her MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville College, where she was editor-in-chief of Inkwell, the college’s national literary journal.

Writer’s Lab for All Levels

Online/In-person

In each 2-hour session, students will spend time developing their own projects in several ways: generating material through timed prompts, brainstorming ideas with fellow students, and receiving supportive feedback. Each of the three sessions is structured based on students’ needs and often includes a quick craft lesson and discussion of relevant literature, as well as a discussion of students’ writing questions, providing an opportunity for shared learning. This class is appropriate for all levels and returning students–new prompts are used. The fee for the 3-week, 6-hour workshop is $105.

Please use the drop-down menu to specify if you are attending in person or via Zoom.

NOTE: The Zoom link is sent out the day before the first class. If you’re registering to attend by Zoom, please ensure you register by Thursday, August 11, to receive the Zoom link.

COVID POLICYOnly fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend in-person classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class (one time only). Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card. Masks are optional.

Nancy McMillan of Bethlehem is the award-winning author of March Farm: Season by Season on a Connecticut Family Farm (www.marchfarmthebook.com). Her work has appeared in the CT Lit Anthology 2020 (Pushcart Prize nominee), Litchfield Magazine, Pangyrus, The Sunlight Press, Persimmon Tree, and Fiction Southeast. Her essays and articles have appeared in Connecticut newspapers and magazines. In her writing classes, she helps students embrace and inhabit their innate creativity. She is currently at work on a novel. Find more at www.nancymcmillan.com.


Writer’s Lab for All Levels

Online/In-person

In each 2-hour session, students will spend time developing their own projects in several ways: generating material through timed prompts, brainstorming ideas with fellow students, and receiving supportive feedback. Each of the three sessions is structured based on students’ needs and often includes a quick craft lesson and references to relevant literature, as well as a discussion of student writing questions, providing an opportunity for shared learning. This class is appropriate for all levels and returning students–new prompts are used. The fee for the 3-week, 6-hour workshop is $105.

Please use the drop-down menu to register for either the in-person or Zoom option.

NOTE: The Zoom link is sent out the day before the first class. If you’re registering to attend by Zoom, please ensure you register by Thursday, July 14, to receive the Zoom link.

COVID POLICYOnly fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class (one time only). Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card. Masks are optional.

Nancy McMillan of Bethlehem is the award-winning author of March Farm: Season by Season on a Connecticut Family Farm (www.marchfarmthebook.com). Her work has appeared in the CT Lit Anthology 2020 (Pushcart Prize nominee), Litchfield Magazine, Pangyrus, The Sunlight Press, Persimmon Tree, and Fiction Southeast. Her essays and articles have appeared in Connecticut newspapers and magazines. In her writing classes, she helps students embrace and inhabit their innate creativity. She is currently at work on a novel. Find more at www.nancymcmillan.com.


Online with Zoom, Writer’s Lab for All Levels

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! In this 2-hour session, students will spend time developing their own projects in several ways: generating material through timed prompts, brainstorming ideas with fellow students, and receiving supportive feedback. Each session is structured based on students’ needs and often includes a quick craft lesson and discussion of relevant literature, as well as discussion students’ writing questions, providing an opportunity for shared learning. This class is appropriate for all levels and returning students–new prompts are used. The fee for the 3-week, 6-hour workshop is $105.

Students must be registered by Wednesday, May 11th to receive the Zoom link for this class.

Nancy McMillan of Bethlehem is the award-winning author of March Farm: Season by Season on a Connecticut Family Farm (www.marchfarmthebook.com). Her work has appeared in the CT Lit Anthology 2020 (Pushcart Prize nominee), Litchfield Magazine, Pangyrus, The Sunlight Press, Persimmon Tree, and Fiction Southeast. Her essays and articles have appeared in Connecticut newspapers and magazines. In her writing classes, she helps students embrace and inhabit their innate creativity. She is currently at work on a novel. Find more at www.nancymcmillan.com.


Revise That Short Story!

Via Zoom

You have a short story you’re trying to finish, but it’s not quite there yet.  It needs some editing, some polishing, some suggestions from fellow writers with similar goals. Bring that work-in-progress and your concerns to this six-week class.  You’ll have the opportunity to workshop your piece multiple times so you can receive feedback, discuss your story, and make revisions. We’ll focus on craft issues such as point of view, dialogue, setting, character development, and effective use of language to help you improve that not-quite-there-yet short story. All fiction genres, including flash fiction and children’s/YA fiction, welcome!

The fee for this 6-week class is $240. Class size is limited to 8 students.

Students must register by Tuesday, April 5 to receive the Zoom link.

About the Instructor:
Tina Tocco’s writing for children has appeared in Highlights, Highlights High Five, Cricket, AppleSeeds, Humpty Dumpty, Turtle Magazine for Preschool Kids, Pockets, and other children’s publications. She is the author of the children’s poetry collection The Hungry Snowman and Other Poems (Kelsay Books, 2019). Tina’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have also been published in various literary journals and anthologies, such as New Ohio Review, Crab Creek Review, Potomac Review, River Styx, Harpur Palate, Ovunque Siamo, Best Small Fictions 2019, and Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana. In 2019, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in fiction. Tina earned her MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville College, where she was editor-in-chief of Inkwell, the college’s national literary journal.

Elements of the Writing Craft

A Six-Week Multi-Media Series

Via Zoom

Independent study: Videos between classes

The craft of writing requires study and application. In this six-week workshop, Nancy McMillan and Tina Tocco team up to create a multi-media series, providing a deep dive into six central elements of the writing craft.

The weekly workshops include:

  • Setting: More Than Just a Backdrop!
  • Creating Character (and Its Buddy, Point of View)
  • Dynamic Dialogue: Say It Like You Mean It!
  • The Powerhouse Parts of Speech: Nouns/Adjectives/Verbs/Adverbs
  • Gritty Grammar and Comma Clarity
  • Story Openings: Beyond “Once Upon a Time”

This class is delivered in two parts. Each week, you’ll receive a short video (15 to 20 minutes) covering the basic concepts of each craft element. The video can be watched at your convenience and includes optional at-home exercises.

During our Friday class time, we’ll review and discuss the weekly craft element. Then, you’ll write to prompts to apply the new techniques you’re learning. Students can also apply these concepts to their own works-in-progress.

The fee for the six-week class is $240 and the class size is limited to seven.