Sunday, September 11, 2011

Writing Classes are Back at Little Shop!

Creative Writing Classes are Back!

This time, for kids AND adults! Both of these classes will meet at Little Shop and will be taught by Terra Elan McVoy, author of Pure, After the Kiss, and The Summer of Firsts and Lasts. Terra is a former manager at Little Shop, and also is Program Director of the Decatur Book Festival. We have two options of classes to choose from. To sign up, just call the shop (404) 373-6300 or come in and pay the tuition, and we'll get you signed up.

Writing Like a Grown-Up, But Thinking Like a Kid
Wednesdays, Oct 5-November 16 (skipping 11/2); 6:00-7:30 P.M. Cost: $250
Hey, grownups! Still haunted by scenes from Charlotte’s Web or James and the Giant Peach, and think you could write a great kids’ book? During this once-a-week-for-six-weeks class, we will be looking at and learning from some of the masters of children’s literature (both classic and new) —plus exploring our own imaginations and histories— to create what may or may not become the next Pippi Longstocking. We’ll cover plot and character development, (not) writing-as-exposition, writing for your audience, and other sharpening techniques. By the end of the class you should have pages and pages of raw material, a lot of good notes, plus several well-developed ideas and one or two outlines to get you on your novel-writing way. Materials you’ll need (yes, on the first day!) are a writing notebook and pen (plus backup pen), a friendly disposition and a willingness to share, discuss and learn with the group.

Writing for Young People
Mondays, Oct 3-November 14 (skipping 10/31); 4:30-5:45 P.M. Cost: $200

Hey, middle school writers! Have a lot of story ideas, but not the time to work on them in school? Got started on a story but now you're stuck? Or just love writing and want to do more of it, and better? Then this creative writing class is for you! We'll work on character development, getting your characters into trouble, why revision is important, how to make your writing really pop with description, and other great writing tips! You'll need to bring with you, always, a writing notebook and pens (or your laptop if that works better), an eagerness to learn, and a willingness to share your work!

1 comment:

JP said...

I wish I could attend these! Alas, I don't live in Decatur. :/