Date and Time Details: Begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 12 with an optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press; ends on Sunday, October 15, with lunch.

Price
  • $1,099.00 – Program Price

The Joke’s On You! The Scoop On Humor, Middle Grade through YA 2017

With Cynthia Leitich Smith, Uma Krishnaswami, Elizabeth Harding, Ginger Knowlton and Sean Petrie

October 12 - 15, 2017

Learn to manipulate humor in your writing, grow your characters, enliven your setting, and add momentum and energy to your story.

In this hands-on workshop designed for intermediate-level writers of middle grade through young adult, participants will use a range of classic and contemporary published work as well as workshop manuscripts to study the many ways in which humor operates in the form of the novel. Learn to manipulate humor in your writing to grow your characters, enliven your setting, and add momentum and energy to your story. You’ll be required to send in your opening 10 novel pages as well as 5 pages each from the middle and the (projected) ending of your work.

About the Leaders

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cynthia Leitich Smith is the New York Times and Publishers Weekly best-selling author of the award-winning Feral series, which includes Feral Nights, Feral Curse and Feral Pride, as well as the critically acclaimed Tantalize series, which includes Tantalize, Eternal, Blessed and Diabolical. Two graphic novels, Tantalize: Kieren’s Story and Eternal: Zachary’s Story, both illustrated by […]

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Uma Krishnaswami

Uma Krishnaswami

Uma Krishnaswami is the author of more than twenty books for children, from picture books through novels for young readers. Her picture books include Monsoon, The Happiest Tree, The Girl of the Wish Garden, Bright Sky, Starry Cityand Out of the Way! Out of the Way!). Her novels for young readers include (The Grand Plan […]

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Elizabeth Harding

Elizabeth Harding

Elizabeth Harding represents authors and illustrators of picture books, middle-grade and young adult fiction. She started at the agency almost 20 years ago as an assistant to the legendary Marilyn E. Marlow. Elizabeth’s list includesNew York Times bestsellers, Newbery, National Book Award, Printz, and Coretta Scott King honor and award winners. She is a graduate […]

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Ginger Knowlton

Ginger Knowlton

Ginger Knowlton represents a diverse list of authors and illustrators of picture books, middle-grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction. Her client list includes new and emerging writers as well as Newbery Medalists, Newbery and Printz Honor winners, Edgar and Lambda winners, New York Times bestsellers, and a host of other talented clients. Ginger has […]

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Sean Petrie

Sean Petrie

Sean Petrie has an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College of Fine Arts, writes middle grade and young adult novels, and is represented by The Erin Murphy Literary Agency. On the other side of his brain, Sean has a law degree from Stanford and teaches legal writing at The University of Texas School […]

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