ClassFurther Adventures in Children's Writing
This class is for students who have a significant start at writing a book for children or young adults. It’s open to writers focusing on a variety of projects with a kidlit audience: picture books, chapter books, middle grade or YA novels, or nonfiction titles. Students should be enthusiastic about trying a variety of approaches to revising and refining their manuscripts.
Class discussion and writing activities will focus on the topics that emerge directly from students’ questions and the craft issues they’re grappling with. We’ll experiment with a variety of approaches to the revision process with a goal of helping each student make serious progress on their project. Students should be prepared to regularly share their work in class; we’ll use a feedback approach that focuses on identifying the strengths and potential of each manuscript, and the instructor is committed to maintaining a non-threatening environment.
This class makes an excellent follow-up to students who have already taken “Children’s Writing for Beginners,” but it’s open to any writer who has been actively digging into a children’s/YA manuscript.
Instructions for Accessing This Online Class
In order to access live class meetings, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.
Some classes use a supplemental Google Classroom page. Should your teaching artist use Google Classroom, you will be invited to join the classroom via email at least 24 hours in advance of your class (check spam folders if you are not seeing this invitation). Please note that Google Classroom requires a Gmail address to access the Classroom. If you do not have a Gmail account, the email invitation will be sent to the email address we have on file and will prompt you to create a free account or enter an existing account to join the classroom. If we are unable to send an email invitation to your non-gmail account, you will be contacted by a staff member to provide a Gmail address. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.