This course focuses on writing fiction for young readers, whether children or teens. It considers various genres (short story, novella and the novel) and will help aspiring and experienced writers to produce fiction of publishable quality, with emphasis on character, plot, setting and form.
Over six sessions, we will explore the principles of story-telling and sustained narrative, through in-class writing exercises, discussion and analysis.
The course is open to writers of all levels. Advanced guidance will be available for those interested in completing works in progress.
About the instructor: Alecia McKenzie is an award-winning short-story writer, novelist and journalist. Her first book Satellite City and her novel Sweetheart both won Commonwealth literary prizes, and she was shortlisted for the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Alecia has written two novellas for young readers - When the Rain Stopped in Natland and Doctor’s Orders. She has lived in the Caribbean, Asia and Europe, and is now based in Paris, where her latest book was published in French with the title Trésor (winner of the 2017 Prix Carbet des Lycéens).
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