“Juvenile” is the fastest growing fiction genre thanks to Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, and of course, good old Harry Potter. “Certainly,” says instructor Shirin Bridges, “at one writers’ conference after another, the agents have been asking for middle grade chapter books and young adult novels.”
“Juvenile” is largely made up of these two categories. But what defines these genres and distinguishes them from each other? What are the unspoken rules of each? And who is the real target audience?
This informative and interactive course will answer those questions, plus some. “We’ll examine the particular structure and challenges of each genre,” says Shirin, “but more than that, we’ll apply our learnings directly to our craft with exercises and group discussions. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and share your work with your peers—and with me, a working editor of both middle grade and YA fiction. Expect to find your story, hone your plot, and challenge your characters in this course.”
Shirin Yim Bridges has made the successful transition from author (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, HarperCollins, Chronicle Books) to award-winning editor and publisher. Head Goose at Goosebottom Books, Shirin has given workshops and seminars on writing and publishing for Stanford University, San Francisco State University, Illinois State University, the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference, the Asian Festival of Children’s Content, and the Book Passage Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference.
- Saturday, August 19, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Saturday, August 26, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Saturday, September 9, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Saturday, September 16, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Saturday, September 23, 2:00pm-4:30pm
One thing I LOVED about the class is that I went in with an idea that I was determined to work on and develop in her class, and walked out with a completely different idea that came out of a writing exercise we did in the first class. I love it when surprises like this happen. At the 2nd class we brought in a first draft… Shirin took our rough drafts home, and during the course of the week she emailed a page or two of her own “broad strokes” comments on our stories. I feel that her comments were right on target. So helpful–it seemed that she was able to read the story and clearly see how it could have been better organized. One thing I think I’ve gained from the course is a great story…I never would have come up with it if I hadn’t been in the class.