Upcoming Events at the Writing Barn
- 2013 Advanced Writer Weekend Workshop Season
The goal of the Advanced Writer Weekend Workshop Season is for dedicated
and productive writers to continue to study craft, read and analyze
current books, have in-depth conversation, and to come away from the
intensives with insights into works-in-progress and to renew and
reinvigorate writing inspiration. Led by award-winning authors, editors,
and agents these application-only workshops with limited attendance will
be on par with MFA level programming. To download an application, see
The fee for one workshop is $375. If accepted into more than one workshop
during the 2013 season the cost per workshop will be discounted to $300.
Once accepted, payment is due for the course.
January 18 - 20, 2013 Advanced Writer Weekend Workshop
Worlds Without End: Deconstructing Classic Characters in Children's
led by Alexandra Penfold, Editor, Paula Wiseman Books at Simon & Schuster
Books for Young Readers
January 18, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Cocktails & Conversation at the Writing Barn
January 19 and 20, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Lecture and workshop, coffee,
beverages and lunch included.
Application deadline: November 20, 2012
12-15 pg workshop piece, sent after acceptance, due: December 1, 2012.
In this advanced class, we will look at many classic children's literature
characters from Harry Potter to Anne Shirley to Matilda and other beloved
characters and discover how and why these characters live, and
breathe-both on the page and in our imaginations. On Saturday, we will
focus on characters and how they captivate us. On Sunday, we will discuss
characters in conflict. Character driven writing exercises will be
sprinkled throughout the weekend and workshop will be held each afternoon.
Alexandra Penfold is an editor with Paula Wiseman Books at Simon &
Schuster Books for Young Readers where she works on hardcover trade
picture books, middle-grade fiction, and young adult novels. She's edited
award-winning books by Meghan McCarthy, Marissa Moss, Carol Lynch
Williams, Tammi Sauer, Robert Burleigh, Scott Magoon, Laura Schaefer and
N. H. Senzai among others. Prior to becoming an editor Alexandra was a
children's book publicist. She worked on media campaigns that appeared in
USA Today, Newsweek, US News and World Report, and NPR's All Things
Considered, among other national and local media outlets.--
Check out my blog at www.sheddingme.wordpress.com & my short stories at www.chanteehale.com!