Date and Time Details: Begins at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25 with an optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press; ends on Sunday, October 29, with lunch.

  • $1,295.00 – Program Price

Getting Your Middle Grade Novel Unstuck 2017

With Chris Tebbetts, Elise Broach and Aubrey Poole

October 25 - 29, 2017

An intimate workshop for middle grade authors looking to explore or revise and polish a work in progress.

Whether you’ve jotted down ideas for a novel but can’t get your story off the ground, you’re stuck in the middle of a draft with no idea of where to go next, or you’ve written most of the book but can’t figure out the ending, this workshop is designed to help! Two award-winning, New York Times best-selling authors and their guest, Aubrey Poole, editor of Jimmy Patterson Books/Hachette, will share their writers’ toolbox for getting unstuck, with a focus on research, character development, plotting and outlining, revision, and improvisation/play.

Participants will receive an initial one-on-one critique plus a follow-up session at the end of the workshop, with time for revision and additional writing in between. Please include a five-page writing sample with your application. Accepted students will then be asked to submit 10-12 pages from a work in progress and a brief synopsis or story description for critique.

About the Leaders

Chris Tebbetts

Chris Tebbetts

Chris Tebbetts is the author and co-author of many books for young readers. Titles include the #1 New York Times bestselling Middle School series, as well as Public School Superhero, with James Patterson and illustrator Laura Park; the New York Times bestselling Stranded series with Jeff Probst; the young adult novel M OR F? with […]

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Elise Broach

Elise Broach

Elise Broach is the author of twenty books for children, ranging from board books to young adult novels. Her middle-grade mystery, Masterpiece, was a New York Times bestseller and winner of the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award of the Association of Booksellers for Children. Her picture book When Dinosaurs Came with Everything was named Time […]

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Aubrey Poole

Aubrey Poole

Aubrey Poole is an editor at Hachette’s JIMMY Patterson Books imprint, acquiring middle grade and young adult projects. She is the editor for James Patterson’s bestsellingHouse of Robots and Treasure Hunters series, as well as the forthcoming Pottyoouth & Stoopid by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. Prior to joining JIMMY, she worked with a number […]

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