“I don’t want to write for adults. I want to write for readers who can perform miracles. Only children perform miracles when they read.”
Illustration of Pippi Longstocking by Lauren Child
We need you here to build community. So, for this once-a-week gathering, no more than two absences are allowed. Please let us know, by email or text, if you are unable to attend.
Class requirements include attendance at the Aspen Challenge and at least one Teen author series event and blogs about your experience. You must also make two individual conferences with me. Each student-writer must visit an Aspen Challenge school team in progress, participate in a final reading.
Between April 27th and May 8, you must complete a portfolio, including one fully-developed story, a non-fiction blog, essay, profile, or biography, and a puppet story. Appropriate stories will be submitted to the editors of SafeKidsStories.com for possible publication. Writing must be geared toward actual publishing categories: picture books for preschool to age eight, easy readers for emerging readers ages five to eight, middle-grade books for ages nine to eleven, young adult (YA) books for ages twelve and up. Each story must be accompanied by a FB post and Tweet to share. You must submit an author ID and a personal email address that editors can use even after you have graduate.
You'll be graded on the portfolio; we will negotiate credit for additions to the writing: such as illustrations, and multimedia, and I'll take into page-count consideration age levels and genre. Your critiques and editing of other student-writers' work will also influence your grade. You will likely be required to submit, either by yourself or with another student, the curated work of Aspen Challenge students whom you'll observe and possibly interview.
We will focus on creating: that refers first, of course, to our stories, but also on creating the culture of an editorial and workshop group focused on collaboration and excellence.
Consider writing as a regular practice, something you aim to do most everyday. Really. Writing gets better when you do it, not when you think about doing it. For real: Look for miracles.
- Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
- SafeKidsStories.com: please follow
- Articles and essays assigned, as needed
- Stories and blogs by your classmates and the students with whom we collaborate.
- About.com's Children's Books
Recommended reading: This is an area of improv. We will add as we go.
- Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way