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Writing for Children: Series, Sequels, and Storylines

Semester and Year SP 2018
Course Number WRTNG-UG1357
Section 001
Instructor Lizzie Skurnick
Days F
Time 11:00 AM - 1:45 PM
Units 4
Level U



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.


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Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)