How to Create Original Middle Grade Concepts


Develop a compelling idea for your middle grade book in this foundational workshop for new writers.


What you can learn.

  • Generate and develop story concepts unique to your interests and passions
  • Participate in exercises and activities to refine and polish your ideas
  • Get feedback on your concepts from peers and the instructor
  • Learn what elements will resonate with middle grade readers

About this course:

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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Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.
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