Monday, February 25, 2013

In Which I Take A Class

Yay! I'm super excited!

Tonight is the first night of my 8 week long class at The Loft.

The Loft, for you non-Minnesotans, is a literary center in Minneapolis. It's dedicated to making writers more awesome and expanding our writing community.




It's great.

Anyhoo, if you remember, one of my 2013 goals was to take at least one class this year and tonight is my first one!

I signed up for a class called The YA Novel.
 
Young Adult (YA) is having its heyday, and you don’t have to be a teen to love reading and writing these transformational books. If you have a Young Adult project started and you’d like to make its character more real, its plot more dynamic, or its themes more moving, this is the class for you. If you want to learn to read YA books as a writer and apply what you learn about craft to your own project, this is the class for you. And if you need somebody to light a fire under you to encourage you to finish your first draft or dig into revisions, this is definitely the class for you! We’ll deepen our understanding of the craft by discussing great YA books, working through writing exercises, and critiquing one another’s work in a large-group setting. The teaching artist will also read and comment on one 20-page section of your YA novel during the course of the class
 
 
I really hope I get something great from the class. I also hope maybe I'll meet some new, awesome people and, perhaps, snag a letter of rec from the teacher that I can use to apply to grad school.
 
Wish me luck! I'm sure I'll blog plenty more about the class as it goes along.
 
 
How about you? Have you taken any classes recently for anything?

14 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Soak up a ton of information at your class tonight!

Maria Zannini said...

I love taking classes, but I haven't taken one in over a year.

It's not just the information, but the community and motivation. I hope you reap all three.

Matthew MacNish said...

I hope this is one of the classes Carrie Mesrobian teaches, because I'm reading her book right now, and she can write her ass off!

mshatch said...

Oh lucky you! I hadn't taken any classes in a very long time when I discovered Coursera which offers free classes from notable institutions. No credit since they're free but I'm currently taking a class on Astrobiology and it is very interesting! Enjoy your class :)

Annalisa Crawford said...

That sounds fantastic. Hope you enjoy it :-)

Nate Wilson said...

So this class tonight is going to make you even more awesome? Sweet. Have fun with it!

Rena said...

Awesome! I've started taking an online class on novel writing... well sort of. Brandon Sanderson posted all of his lectures from the novel writing class that he teaches for BYU. You can find them on Youtube. They're pretty good. (and free, and I can go to class in my pajamas...)

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

Oh great...so now I have to admit that you actually have class.

Just kidding :P

Have fun learning :)

DL Hammons said...

Luck!! Enjoy yourself! :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sounds like a fantastic class. Wish they offered it here.

Jamie Gibbs said...

Good luck, Sarah! I've not taken any classes, but I'd like to. I should take a look at what's available in my area...

Jamie @ Mithril Wisdom

Tyrean Martinson said...

Best of wishes! I hope you had a great class!!!

Southpaw said...

Oh yes! Have a great class.

Misha Gericke said...

Sounds amazing. Hope you enjoyed the class and that you'll share what you learnt. :-D

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