ATTENTION ALL PORTLAND AREA WRITERS INTERESTED IN WRITING FOR CHILDREN OR YOUNG ADULT AUDIENCES
The Attic Institute is pleased to host Hamline University’s Low-Residency MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults’ special opportunity for you to attend a workshop session and have lunch with faculty and the director of the acclaimed program. You’ll get a sneak preview of life inside an accredited MFA program.
Saturday, September 8, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., at the Attic Institute. Cost: $25.
Award-winning children’s and young adult authors Phyllis Root and Ron Koertge, both professors in Hamline’s MFAC program (based in Saint Paul, Minnesota), will present workshops so you can experience learning just as you would in the MFAC program. Workshops include:
9:30-10:30: The Heart of Your Story. Using the tools of storyboarding and dummying up, Phyllis Root will show you how to locate the essential heart of your picture book and, once found, how to make that heart beat more strongly. (This is also useful when thinking about novels.)
10:45-11:45: Structuring Your Novel. Ron Koertge will discuss the important differences between a novel and a novel-in-verse, introducing you to the key elements of fiction necessary to structuring a novel: Point of view, character, and plot.
After the second workshop, participants are invited to have lunch with the faculty and the director of The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline. Here you will hear more information about what the MFAC program at Hamline offers.
You can attend both workshops or just one. If you choose to do only The Heart of Your Story, you can meet briefly afterward with the director of The Creative Writing Programs.
You should arrive ten or fifteen minutes early so the first workshop can begin on time.
To register: Click this link to attend this special session.