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    Take a Closer Look:
    Hamline University’s Low-Residency
    MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults

    Attention all writers interested in writing for children or young adult audiences!

    We're pleased to host a special opportunity for you to attend one or two workshop sessions and talk with faculty and the director of the acclaimed Hamline University low-residency MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults Program (MFAC) in Saint Paul, Minnesota. You'll get a sneak preview of life inside an accredited MFA program.  
    Saturday, March 29, 2014

    9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

    4043 N. Ravenswood, #222, Chicago, IL  60613  [ map ]  

    Award-winning children's and young adult authors Marsha Wilson Chall and Laura Ruby, both professors in Hamline's MFAC program, will present workshops so you can experience learning just as you would in the MFAC program. Workshops include: 

    9:30-10:30     Bridging Generations: The Picture Book Connection
    What makes a good picture book for young readers? No doubt many elements do, but one above all anchors the best examples of this form. Curious? In this workshop, Marsha Wilson Chall presents evidence from the field and suggestions on how you can make  your  picture book text good, if not great!

    10:45-11:45     Building Your Novel Scene by Scene
    The prospect of writing an entire novel can be daunting, but a novel is simply an accumulation of meaningful moments, or mini-stories called scenes. In this workshop, Laura Ruby will show you what makes an effective scene, how to arrange your scenes for maximum impact, and finally, how to plan your novel while still staying flexible and inspired.  

    After the second workshop, participants are invited to have lunch with the faculty and Mary François Rockcastle, director of The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline. Here you will hear more information about what the MFAC program at Hamline offers. You can attend both workshops or just one. If you choose to do only Bridging Generations: The Picture Book Connection, you can meet briefly afterward with Mary.

    Please plan on arriving 10 or 15 minutes early so the first workshop can begin on time.  


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  • On the Faculty 

    "I had a middle-grade novel published prior to entering the Hamline program, but I still felt like there was a lot I didn't know. I was committed to writing and wanted to become a master of the craft, how to go emotionally deeper with stories... with each faculty member, I felt like I gained something new and different and continued to gain confidence."

    -- Loretta Ellsworth '09 

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