Monday, June 10, 2013

In Which I Workshop

So, I know I mentioned before how I applied for an Advance Children's Workshop. I wasn't sure I'd get in, since the class was limited to 10 people and you had to actually submit a writing sample.
I mean, I'm confident in my writing, but you never know who else is applying and the last class at the Loft I attended had some AMAZING writers, so if people like that were applying, then I had no clue if I actually had a shot.

BUT! All that aside, I was accepted as one of the workshop participants!
I'm excited because it's specifically to focus on critiquing everyone's work, which is definitely something I always feel like I need (whether I do or not, I dunno. Sometimes I'm ruled by my feels)

Also, I learned that one of my new friends from my last class at the Loft also was accepted in this one! It's nice, sometimes, to have a friend already in place.

Here's a description of the class:

Advanced writers need less discussion of the basics, and more specific criticism of their own work as their voice emerges. In addition, most advanced writers have honed their critiquing skills over a series of classes, and understand how to give and take criticism effectively. With that in mind, the bulk of this class will be devoted to readings and teaching artist-led critiques of student work. You may not get to read every session, but then again, you may, so please come prepared. Advanced topics and individual questions will be covered as the needs of the class dictate. There will be no one-on-one teaching artist critiques. Enrollment limited to ten students. No class meeting on July 3.

About the Teaching Artist(s)

Lynne Jonell is the author of seven picture books, three chapter books, and four middle-grade novels, all with major publishers. Her first novel, Emmy & the Incredible Shrinking Rat, won the 2008 Minnesota book award; her third novel, The Secret of Zoom, was purchased by President Obama for his daughters. Her first chapter book in the Magical Mix-Ups series, Hamster Magic, was nominated for the Minnesota book award and kicks off a planned series of twelve for Random House. Her books have received starred reviews in Horn Book, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Booklist, and Sesame Street Parents, and have been published in ten languages. She has been awarded a Hawthornden Castle fellowship for 2013. Lynne lives in Plymouth, Minnesota with her husband, has two grown sons, and loves to sail. Future publications include The Boy Who Could Speak Cat (Henry Holt, 2014), and Deep Water Magic (Random House, 2014).

Woo! Excitement!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations that you were accepted! Sounds like a lot of hands-on learning and at your level.

Matthew MacNish said...

I'm not sure I could handle something this intense, but good for you!

Maria Zannini said...

Ahem.... I knew you'd get in. :o)


Stina Lindenblatt said...

This is awesome news, Sarah! Congrats! :D

Rena said...

Congrats! it sounds like such an awesome chance!

Indigo said...

Excited for you! Sounds pretty cool, even better to already have a mutual acquaintance in place. (Hugs) Indigo

Michael Offutt, "Johnny on the Spot" said...

Ugh. Are you writing kids books? Write something for adults! There are so many ppl writing kid's books you could fill the Pacific Ocean with their manuscripts.

Jamie Gibbs said...

Congrats on getting in, Sarah! Hope it's useful :)

Gina Gao said...

Congrats on getting in!

Mark Koopmans said...

Another *great* example on why never to be afraid to enter a writing event.

WELL DONE, Sarah :)

I also wanted to say thanks very much for stopping by and commenting on my recent D-Day post. (I'm still working through all the comments!)

CSM Ryan's story has received an incredible amount of support and a HUGE *Thank you* goes to DL Hammons - and all the Blitzers :)

PS: Bill said to let everyone know he really appreciated all the personal comments directed his way :)

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