Writing Stories for Children and Young Adults

Students in this course will study the rich variety of fiction and nonfiction narrative published for audiences ranging in age from juvenile to young adult. Students will learn to recognize the elements of a good story for children, to evaluate children's literature based on a knowledge of these elements, and to write stories for this audience. Students will read outstanding examples in the genre and write their own stories, working methodically from story idea through revision to completed manuscript. (Students may choose to write fiction or nonfiction and may focus on short or long form narrative.) Students will critique each other's stories in workshop sessions. Students will also study the contemporary scene in children's publishing and will learn how to submit their stories to magazine and book publishers.