WRITING FOR THE MIDDLE
With Samantha Wheeler
Transform your writing to craft a story children will love.
Middle-Grade Fiction is of growing interest to both writers and publishers, but what makes it different to writing picture books or young adult fiction? The proposed workshop looks at helping emerging writers unlock the common traps experienced when embarking on writing for this challenging, but rewarding genre. Learn how to tailor the voice, character, plot and dialogue of their stories to best suit middle-grade fiction. How many points of view are suitable for this age group and how many sub-plots can be introduced without over complicating the story? How many characters will make their prose sing? This workshop will explore the ways in which writers can mould their craft to best suit our young readers.
On completion of this workshop, participants will have a fundamental understanding of how to do the following:
Tailor their writing to suit middle-grade fiction.
Use the appropriate number of characters and points of view for the genre.
Use dialogue that suits young characters (rather than adult dialogue for young people).
Use plot/sub-plot structures that are targeted towards young readers.
Utilise strong verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and sentence length for middle-grade fiction.
This is a craft workshop for writers of all levels. More information on program formats and level definitions can be found here.
Samantha Wheeler studied Agriculture, worked with dairy farmers, and taught science, before writing her first children’s book, inspired by koalas, in 2011. Her books, which include Smooch & Rose, Wombat Warriors, Mister Cassowary, and Turtle Trackers have been shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards, the Readings Book Prize, The Wilderness Society Environmental Award and the Royal Zoological Society, Whitley Commendation. Her most recent story, Everything I’ve Never Said, was inspired by her youngest daughter, who has Rett Syndrome and can’t talk. Samantha hopes her books will inspire everyone to speak up and make a difference.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Unless otherwise stated, Queensland Writers Centre workshops and events are suitable for participants aged 16 years and over. If you are under 18 years of age, please check with us for suitability before purchasing a ticket.
Membership will be confirmed on arrival, in the event it isn’t current, membership will need to be arranged.
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Information on getting to the State Library of Queensland can be found here.
What can I bring into the event?
You can bring either pen and paper or a laptop along with you to write with. If you do bring a laptop, please remember to bring a power adaptor if necessary.
Will this event be livestreamed?
Queensland Writers Centre aims to provide material to its membership regardless of where they reside within Queensland by livestreaming some events. Attendees may be broadcast periodically throughout the event as recording takes place. If you wish not to be filmed, let staff know prior to the event.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
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What’s the refund policy?
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Terms and Conditions
All information is correct at the time of publication. We reserve the right to make changes to the advertised program information (including course content and tutors), but if this occurs, we will try to provide as much notice as possible.
We expect that all participants will behave respectfully and professionally towards their tutor and fellow students. We reserve the right to remove anyone who behaves in an aggressive or disruptive manner. If a participant is asked to leave the class on this basis, we will not offer a refund.
We cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or expense sustained by students as a result of an event or circumstance whether arising from natural cause, human agency or beyond our control otherwise.