MFA 720 From Picture Books to Stories

This course will explore the variety of books for children from picture books through beginning readers to chapter books and children's novels. The theme of compelling stories to evoke a child's interests will be held throughout. Key elements of writing, as they are applied uniquely to children's fiction will be included, including the overarching writing principles that apply to all writing, including, plot, story development, character, dialogue and setting. "Workshopping," writing for feedback within the group will be an essential element of the course.