368568: How to Create Original Middle Grade Concepts
- Summer 2019
- Section 1
- 08/31/2019 to 08/31/2019
- Modified 06/11/2019
Saturday, August 31, 2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
1010 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Instructor: Mr. Henry Lien
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: www.henrylien.com
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.
1. Students will examine what constitutes a middle grade novel, as opposed to a young adult novel, in today's publishing landscape, including analyzing trends in subject matter, theme, and tone.
2. Students will create concepts for unique middle grade novels through in-class exercises divided into three categories: concept generation, concept analysis, and concept development.
3. This course is not graded.
By the end of the course, students will be able to apply their knowledge of what defines a middle grade novel and the exercises for concept generation, analysis, and development to create at least one concept for a middle grade novel, and an itinerary of next steps to develop the concept(s).
Instructor will provide all written materials
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The story ideas of other writers should be treated as confidential and must not be shared outside of this class. There is no protection under U.S. copyright law for mere ideas. However, as a matter of professional courtesy, we will treat any idea that a writer comes up with and shares in this class to be the intellectual property of that writer and you will not use or disclose that idea without permission from that writer. If any writer is working on the same, or an extremely similar, idea as one shared in class by another writer, please alert the instructor during or shortly after the class so he can make a note of it for the record to follow up with this after the class is over. This policy promotes the free and open sharing of ideas so that students can get the most from the class.
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