Writing the Middle Grade Novel:

November 17th, November 24th, 3-6 PM

Writespace  Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX 77007

Stories for children ages 8 – 12 encompass that slippery time between childhood and adolescence that the publishing industry calls “middle grade” (most of us just call it growing up!) No longer picture books and not yet young adult novels, the definition of middle grade fiction is as slippery as the age range itself.

In this workshop we’ll look at Middle Grade voice, discuss what story ideas belong in the middle grade realm, and mine our childhoods for subject matter. We will also touch on the difference between the small-but-important separations the industry imposes on the category so that you can consider where along that spectrum your story lies. And in the last hour, we’ll work on first pages so that we go home full of inspiration.

No matter what your chronological age, your writer-self can speak from the point of view of a child. We all hold deep inside ourselves the knowledge of every age we have ever been—and that includes ages 8-12!

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Cinco Ranch Library:

Saturday, September 7, Multi-purpose Room, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm 

Continuing from our June workshop, participants will work in groups to critique each other’s work and will obtain suggestions and guidance from guest authors Julie Wray Herman and Kristen Keisling.  Patrons need not have attended the June session to participate in this workshop.  This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cinco Ranch Library.

Please bring:

  •  At least 5 copies of 1-5 pages of current work in progress
  • Double spaced, pages numbered with name of author in header

Sept. 20, 2017, 10 am

Gardening and the Creative Process
Learn about how to prepare your fall garden and also develop your right brain. Writer and gardener Julie Wray Herman leads us down an undiscovered path of growth and renewal. Check out her middle grade equestrian mystery Burned at . Book signing follows.