What You Will Learn
In today’s competitive market, a manuscript must be compelling, demonstrate deep knowledge of the category, and be of highest quality in order to attract an editor. This course will teach you how to dig deep into what your novel is truly about with specific exercises designed to bypass the superficial ideas and get to the heart of story. Further lessons will help you create main and secondary characters readers will feel passionate about; structure your plot to build maximum tension; practice the craft of writing itself; and coach you on how to write to the end. It’s a lot of ground to cover in one month, but fun lessons, practical exercises that apply to your own writing, forum discussions with your peers, and weekly webinars will keep your energy high as you craft your kidlit novel. We'll wrap up the course with a discussion of today's kidlit market and where we think your projects might fit into it.
Kami shares humor techniques at SCBWI Carolinas.
Rebecca leading a plotting workshop in Charleston SC. She'll share some of those amazing techniques here too.
About Kami Kinard
Kami Kinard's first career was in education. An award winning public educator, she continues to teach writing courses for children and adults through conference workshops, continuing education courses, and her work as a teaching artist. Kinard's first novel, The Boy Project (Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister), debuted from Scholastic in 2012 and was chosen for the 2013 The Children's Choices Reading List, a project supported by the International Reading Association and the Children's Book Council. Her second novel The Boy Problem (Notes and Predictions of Tabitha Reddy) was published in April 2014. Kinard's other fiction, nonfiction and poetry has been published in some of the world's best children's magazines. She holds an MAT in English education. www.kamikinard.com
For a glimpse at Kami's teaching style, check out this article she wrote for Writer's Digest: Empowered by Embarrassment.
The idea of writing an entire novel can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be when you learn how to move in stages. Children’s authors Kami Kinard and Rebecca Petruck break down the elements of solid novel writing, beginning with the hook and on through pitch, character development, plot structure, and practical tools for writing through to the end. Though the focus will be on middle grade and young adult writing, the tools are useful for anyone who wants to complete a publishable work.
Kidlit Writing School
How the course is structured: