Turning Real Life Into Children’s/Teen Fiction


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Instructor, Tina Tocco
Wednesdays, November 4, 11, 18, December 2
10:30 am - 12 noon

Your own memories can be the perfect spark for stories for kids and teens! In this four-week class, you’ll use various prompts to write short memoir pieces, then you’ll transform those pieces into fiction for young readers. We’ll recall everything from fun times to childhood adversaries. Then, we’ll alter story elements such as conflict, point of view, and event outcomes to develop entirely new works. Participants will receive each week’s prompt a few days before each session to complete a 10-minute memoir assignment to bring to class. The fee for the workshop is $100. Workshop is limited to 8 students.

Students must register by Monday, October 19th to receive the prompt and 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.

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