Write Your Children’s Book!
with Kelly Bingham
January 4, 2023 | 8 Weeks |
Would you like to spend this season getting a manuscript well on its way? If you’re looking for accountability, support, enthusiasm, feedback, and a chance to make progress on your story, then this is the place for you.
In this eight-week long personalized workshop, you’ll draft (or revise, or finish up) your work-in-progress for a children’s book. From picture books to chapter books, Young Adult novels to Middle Grade novels, instructor Kelly Bingham welcomes writers of all stories for children and teens. Take that idea—or partially finished manuscript—and really get some work done. You’ll find an enthusiastic and supportive instructor, and a gathering of like-minded writers such as yourself.
Expect a brisk writing pace, weekly feedback on your pages, and the opportunity to workshop your stories to fellow classmates.
This is a chance to make headway on your story, with an instructor at your weekly disposal and classmates to walk the path to publication right alongside you. Please note that this class is a workshop class—we will be strictly writing and reviewing work week to week, and there will be no lectures or instruction. For this reason, students need to have completed an introductory course to writing for children (or perhaps a course on novel-writing, if you are pursuing novels for older children,) and have a working knowledge of story structure, and of the general process of creating a story from beginning to end. You will be given notes and feedback each week and ideally, you can take those notes and run with them. If you have any questions at all as to whether or not this class is for you, please feel free to drop Kelly a note to discuss where you are in your writing process.
Writers for all children’s book genres welcome. Please join us!
An introductory Zoom group meeting of one hour will be held at the beginning of the course, and students have the option of a one-time one-on-one thirty-minute Zoom with Kelly, either halfway through the course or at the end. You can use that time to ask whatever you would like, and to share final thoughts or questions about the next steps for your personal project.
This is a mix of private workshopping, group sharing, utilizing our classroom, and getting to know your classmates.
In each week of this eight-week course, you will:
- Submit pages to Kelly for personal feedback. (Weekly word count limits vary, depending on the age-range you have chosen, as follows: easy reader, up to 1000 words; picture book, up to 1,300 words; chapter book, up to 1500 words; novel (middle grade or young adult), up to 2000 words)
- Swap writing with 1-3 fellow classmates, sending notes, feedback, encouragement, and support to one another.
- Receive detailed, thoughtful notes on your work from Kelly.
- Share questions, book recommendations, and a love for children’s book in general.
Each week, you can choose whether to send in new pages, or revisions of previously submitted work for a second look.
Student Feedback for Kelly Bingham:
Kelly Bingham is the author of two award-winning poetry novels: Shark Girl and Formerly Shark Girl, both published by Candlewick Press. Kelly is also the author of two award-winning picture books: Z Is For Moose and the sequel, Circle, Square, Moose, published by HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Both are illustrated by Caldecott Award-winning artist Paul O. Zelinsky.
Kelly’s YA poetry novel, Shark Girl, was chosen for Oprah’s Book Club for Kids, and was nominated by the American Library Association for Best Book for Young Adults. It won the Iowa Teen Choice Award, and was nominated for the Truman Award, The Schneider Family Book Award, and the Rebecca Caudill Award.
Shark Girl was also nominated for the Golden Sower Award, the Black-Eyed Susan Award, the South Dakota Teen Book Award, and the Florida Book Award. Shark Girl was chosen by School Library Journal as a “quick pick for reluctant readers.”
Formerly Shark Girl, the sequel to Shark Girl, was published in 2013, after years of requests by readers for more of Jane’s story. It earned a starred review in Kirkus and was chosen for Bank Street’s Best Book for Children.
Both of Kelly’s “Moose” picture books have been featured in the New York Times. Z Is For Moose received six starred reviews, was the winner of the Delaware Blue Hen Award, an ALA Notable Book, a Booklist Editor’s Choice for Best Books, winner of a special award from The Horn Book, a Best Book by Shelf Awareness, and winner of the Oppenheim Award. Circle, Square, Moose was named a Best Book by Kirkus, a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, and was nominated for the UKLA Award in Australia.
Kelly holds a master’s degree in writing for children from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Before becoming an author, she spent twelve years as a storyboard artist in the story department at Walt Disney Feature Animation, working on films that include Hercules, Atlantis, The Emperor’s New Groove, Gnomeo and Juliet, and Tarzan. She lives in Georgia.