How to Create Original Middle Grade Concepts

WRITING 744.1E
Develop a compelling idea for your middle grade book in this foundational workshop for new writers.
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Original concepts are some of the rarest and most powerful tools in a middle grade novel writer’s arsenal. This workshop guides middle grade writers through concept generation, analysis, and development to create concepts that are unique and personal, and differentiate themselves. Workshop techniques will include combining ideas to form unique hybrids; genre challenge exercises such as creating fantasy worlds that contain no magic; surrealist parlor games; exercises and rituals to promote brainstorming; and in-class workshopping with analysis by the instructor and fellow students. Students will leave the workshop with at least one polished concept to begin developing into a middle grade novel.

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