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THE NAME GAME Children’s literature from Picture Book to YA – How Genre and
Category labels can make or break a book’s success.
Learn to use category and genre to your advantage in writing and marketing your story.
Genre and category labels are key factors in potential readers locating books, so it is vital that you understand the attributes these labels represent when applied to your work.
More importantly, genre and category designations establish a contract between the author and the audience that you must fulfill with regard to content, book length, vocabulary, and age appropriateness, to name a few.
A comprehensive analysis of fiction genres plus the characteristics of categories will empower you to correctly assess your work and apply these labels appropriately.
PICTURE BOOKS – CREATING FOR CHILDREN
Picture books are more than illustrated stories for children in the 4–8-year-old range. The
term encompasses Board Books through Early Readers. Each form has specific
requirements which will be explored in detail.
Picture books are one of the most difficult writing forms to master because plot and
character must be established with a minimal amount of language and every word has
to be carefully chosen.
This seminar will examine the essential elements of a picture book by deconstructing an
award-winning work with its author from conception through the step-by-step writing
The discussion will include expressing theme, the use of repetition and rhyme, and how
to create a text that will inspire illustrators.
CHAPTER BOOKS & MIDDLE GRADE LITERATURE: Writing for Readers ages 6-12
Creating content that will engage audiences of varied ages and reading levels
requires understanding the distinction between these two categories of books beyond
the basics of word count and vocabulary choices.
Chapter books for 6-8-year-olds have an important role in developing confident readers
and should provide stepping stones for the transition to Middle Grade literature.
You will receive an in-depth look at differences in content, structure, point of view, plot,
Multiple examples of successful titles in both categories will be discussed.
YOUNG ADULT BOOKS – An Exploration of Substance and Method.
The number of published YA fiction titles more than doubled from 2002 - 2012 to over
10,000 YA books issued per year. A decade later, that trend shows no sign of slowing.
Competing in this ever-expanding market means you must have a thorough
understanding of both content and technique.
This seminar will examine the essential elements of YA literature – plot, point-of-view, character, content, and more with the goal of enabling you to fully develop your novel.
The broad range of genres and subgenres in YA fiction will be explored with particular
attention given the inherent styles, forms, and subject matters of each to help you
successfully shape your creative work.
A solid 3-Act Structure is the framework on which a writer maps both plot points and characters
and is essential to creating a strong story that will hold a reader’s attention from the first word to the last.
This seminar examines plotting in detail and provides writers with strategies for successfully shaping their novels.
The class will include forming the story arc, organizing plot points, and building narrative tension.
IMAGINING CHARACTERS INTO REALITY – What they do, what they say, and why.
Successful storytelling depends on an author’s ability to provide readers with compelling characters who are relatable, authentic, and organic to the work whether picture book or novel.
Writers will learn to create believable characters in fiction by expressing motive, behavior, thought, and feeling through a skillful combination of action and dialogue.
Participants will explore the multiple elements of both direct and indirect characterization with attention to the “why” that underlies character decision-making and is the foundation of powerful character arcs.
The ways in which decisions about plot and setting impact character behavior and development will be discussed.