Saturdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 1:00PM - 3:30PM CST
This four-day workshop is for teens (grades 8 through 12) who are passionate about writing fiction, including short stories and novels in all genres. Students will work on their stories in Google Docs so that the instructor and their peers may read and provide feedback (instructions on using Docs will be provided).
Every Saturday, the group will meet via Zoom for a writing craft chat, followed by a discussion of each writer’s work-in-progress. Writers will have two responsibilities throughout this course:
Working on their stories throughout the weekend. The Saturday Zoom meetings are reserved for discussion and feedback, not writing time.
Providing their peers with feedback on their stories. Learning how to give and receive constructive criticism is essential in any creative writer’s growth. Students will be responsible for keeping up with reading their peers’ stories during the week to prepare for the discussion on Saturday. The instructor will provide guidelines and tips on giving positive constructive feedback. Depending on the size of the group, the instructor may assign peer reading so that students aren’t overwhelmed with stories to read.
The goal of this course is to help teen writers take their fiction to the next level by participating in a critique group with a published author. The instructor will lead discussions about what it takes to have a career as an author or writer, choosing a publishing path, and more.
Please note: If a writer already has a novel in progress, they are welcome to continue working on it during this course. However, feedback will only be provided on the pages written during the time period of this course. Writers who have already written over 20 pages prior to the start of the course are encouraged to write a brief summary to provide the instructor and their peers with context for the new pages they will be critiquing.
-Michelle was AMAZING!!!! She gave specific feedback and taught us a lot of beneficial things.
-Ms. Schusterman was a very kind and open instructor, providing us with lots of advice and kindness. She was one of the best writing instructors I have ever had.
-I would like to see more teen writing lessons with this amazing instructor!
-Ms. Schusterman is one of the best writing teachers I have ever had and I am very grateful for everything she has done to help me.
-Thanks to this course and her guidance, I have been able to start my book. I am indebted to Ms. Schusterman.
-This is the first course to walk me through all the ins and outs of actually getting a book published, aka I felt like I was treated like an actual writer and not a two year old child. I appreciate this.
-How may I become pen pals with Michelle Schusterman? I need help finding a publishing agent: I wanna go the whole nine yards. Thanks :)!
Watch the video below for a workshop Michelle did on omniscient vs third person, a topic we'll dig into it in Fiction Writing for Teens!
About Michelle Schusterman:
Michelle Schusterman is the critically acclaimed author of over a dozen novels, including Spell & Spindle and The Pros of Cons, as well as the Kudo Kids mystery series co-authored with Olympic medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani. Michelle’s books have received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, and Publisher’s Weekly and have received honors including multiple Junior Library Guild selections, the CBCC Best of 2019 List, ALA’s Rainbow List and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers List, and the NC State College of Education Comic Relief Reading List. In the last seven years, Michelle has led hundreds of creative writing workshops with organizations including Writing Workshops Dallas, Writopia Lab, and Lawson Writers Academy.
Please let me know if you have any questions. We'd love to have your student in class with us online at SMU this fall! INFO & REGISTRATION HERE