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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.