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Writing for Children: Magic, Memoir, and Mystery

Semester and Year SP 2017
Course Number WRTNG-UG1355
Section 001
Instructor Lizzie Skurnick
Days F
Time 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Units 4
Level U



Children's literature contains an astonishing breadth of genres and voices. In Writing for Children, we'll be covering familiar tropes, such as orphans, time travel, ghosts, magic, dystopias, and the wilderness, reading everything from classics such as Frances Hodgson Burnett's “A Little Princess” to The Great Brain series to contemporary works, including Maile Meloy's “The Apothecary.” Along the way, we will also explore the complexities of race, class, and feminism in children's literature, as well as its changing role in the canon and marketplace. Students will workshop their own writing, and are invited to include novels-in-progress. The class will also include visits from leading children's authors, agents, and critics in the field.


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Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)