This workshop offers a hands-on, noses-in-our-books approach to the fine art of writing for young people. You’ll be asked to read with care, write with abandon, and analyze your own works and those of others. 

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Time: eight Mondays, 20:00 to 22:00

Duration: 8 March - 26 April, 2021

Location: Online via Zoom

Description

Open to all.

Limited to 12 participants.

“No one suspects the children’s writer,”

—Mo Willems, author and illustrator

This workshop offers a hands-on, noses-in-our-books approach to the fine art of writing for young people. You’ll be asked to read with care, write with abandon, and analyze your own works and those of others. The practical aspects of a writing career in children’s literature are also addressed: finding publishers, crafting your pitch, creating and maintaining relationships with editors, and knowing the current children’s book market. 

You’ll be encouraged to read excerpts from your works in progress; during in-class writing, you may discover seeds for new projects. Although physically distanced via Zoom, we’ll create a convivial community dedicated to our common interest: the rich, fascinating—and sometimes subversive—art of children’s literature. 

Our first session together will focus on your aspirations and inspirations. Bring your favourite children’s book to show (if it’s got pictures, better still) and be prepared to tell us why you love it. You can also familiarize yourself with my practice: raquelriverawashere.com

Recommended reading: Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes (Jonathan Auxier; MG fantasy/adventure) and The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary (NoNieqa Ramos; YA contemporary realism).


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Workshop leader

Raquel Rivera is a writer, artist, performer, and author of books for children and teens, with more than 20 years of professional writing experience in literary and commercial genres, working in different cultures around the world. Two-time winner of the QWF Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, listed under USSBY’s Outstanding International Books, “Best Of” by Quill & Quire and ResourceLinks, Raquel writes fiction and creative nonfiction. Prior to settling in Montreal in 1999, Raquel lived and worked as a copywriter in Washington DC, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and taught ESL in Barcelona.

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