Middle Grade/Children’s Track

Session #1: Alane Ferguson

Title: A Little Bit of Me and A Lot of You: Structuring Your Novel Ideas!

Description: Let’s get to know each other. We’ll begin with my journey, and then open the floor for lightening round structuring of your ideas. Fast and friendly–you’ll love learning the “tweaks” that make all the difference.

Session #2: Alane Ferguson

Title: Let’s Dig In

Description: As an author who critiques other published authors’ works (Harvard, SCBWI), I’ll take anyone’s first pages and discuss the high points as well as the simple nudges stories need to cross the publishing finish line. Please bring your first five pages–it’s both practical and fun!

FergusonHeadshotBio: Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the Belgium’s Children’s Choice Award for her YA novel SHOW ME THE EVIDENCE. Ferguson also received Edgar nominations for POISON, THE CHRISTOPHER KILLER and WOLFSTALKER. With 30-plus books across all genres, she has won the Children’s Crow Class award, the ABA’s “Pick of the List,” numerous ALA Recommended Books and YA Choice lists. Her passion is teaching eager writers!

Session #3: Lija Fisher

Title: Voice and Imagery in Your Writing

Description: In the world of publishing, the young adult and middle grade genres require very different “voices.” Learn the difference between them, making sure the story you’re writing fits in the right one.We’ll also spend sometime writing to make sure your imagery pops!

Bio: Lija FisherLija Fisher Headshot

Lija Fisher’s debut novel, THE CRYPTID CATCHER, was published by Macmillan/FSG in 2018. It received a starred review from Booklist and was a Junior Library Guild official selection. The follow-up novel, THE CRYPTID KEEPER, will be out in 2019. She was a Writer in Residence with Aspen Words in May 2017, and she is represented by Jason Anthony of Massie and McQuilkin. Fisher is an actor/writer who has performed on stages in New York, Florida, Colorado and Alaska where she was chased by a bear, lived to tell about it, and continued her writing.