Exploring the Verse Novel

Regular $52.50
Member $47.25
9 a.m.-Noon
Open to All Levels
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
Single Session
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From Laurie Halse Anderson’s SHOUT to Kwame Alexander’s THE CROSSOVER, verse novels (novels-in-verse) seem to be popping up everywhere. Particularly in children’s literature. And every writer seems to have one started in a desk drawer. But what are these things—beyond a long poem that tells a story. How do you pick a good one to read? What makes a “good” verse novel? How do you decide whether your story should be written in verse?

This one session class will look at all things verse novel. Focusing on opening pages, we’ll ask ourselves what is compelling about this method of telling a story? What are craft elements that make verse novels unique? We’ll consider how verse serves the story and we’ll discuss what makes a good verse novel. We’ll talk to the adventurous writers among us who may be writing their very own verse novel and finally, we’ll spend some time writing. You probably won’t start a verse novel in an hour, but we can try to write poetry that uses the white space in unexpected ways and share (low-impact workshopping) our results with each other.

Instructions for Accessing This Online Class

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