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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Writing for Children and Young Adults but Were Afraid to Ask with Nora Raleigh Baskin via Zoom

January 29 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Of course, there are no hard and fast rules to creative writing, and if there were, they were meant to be broken.
At the same time, there ARE guidelines to writing successful fiction, especially when writing for children and young adults. In this four-hour seminar, ALA award-winning author, Nora Raleigh Baskin, will share everything she wished she had known when she first started sending out her work for acceptance, from turning fact into fiction, plot vs character, the single sentence, details not adjectives, tone, P.O.V, writing realistic effective dialogue, to navigating the rapidly changing publishing world. We will talk and learn, write and share, and I know everyone will close their computers at the end of the day feeling inspired.

This is a one-day Master Class taught on Zoom and capped at 17 students.

Please make sure to read our course policies page regarding workshop conduct and logistics before registering for any class at HVWC.

Scholarship information will be available for this class in November.


Nora Raleigh Baskin, a 2001 Publisher’s Weekly FLYING START, is the author of fifteen novels for young adults and a contributor to several short story collections. Her personal narrative essays have appeared in WRITER MAGAZINE, Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, and NCTE Voices From the Middle.  Her books have won several awards, including the 2010 American Library Association Schneider Family Book Award for Anything But Typical (S&S), and in 2016, an International Literacy Association Notable Books for a Global Society for Ruby on the Outside (S&S). Ms. Baskin has taught creative writing classes and workshops around the country for over twenty years in such places as Gotham Writers Workshop, Fairfield Co. Writers Studio, Manhattanville College, and S.U.N.Y Purchase.  Her newest MG novel, Consider the Octopus (co-authored with Gae Polisner) will be published (Henry Holt) April 2022. You can find her at Norabaskin.com


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January 29
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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