Children’s series are able to tackle history, culture, and inheritance in a way a single volume can’t—telling the story of, for example, the settling of the American West after the Civil War in Little House , or the Civil Rights movement’s progress in a small southern town in Ludell , or the turn-of-the-century Jewish Lower East Side in All-of-a-Kind Family . Series also track the amazing growth of the writers themselves, such as Madeleine L’Engle with A Wrinkle in Time , which develops into the sci-fi domestic drama A Swiftly Tilting Planet , in which Meg and Calvin are expecting their first child. (Spoiler!) Continuing narratives expand perspectives and eras, growing with their characters across time, and alongside these classics themselves students will read intimate critical studies and biography to place the work in its culture and context. They will also hear from contemporary children’s authors who have tackled this challenging form, and will work on their own beginning series, crafting characters and plotlines for a larger work.
Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)