Current Writing Classes

TELL YOUR STORY.  HONE YOUR CRAFT.
HONOR YOUR CREATIVE SELF!

Molly Beth Griffin

Check out my Picture Book and YA writing classes for adults at The Loft Literary Center!  I am also available to teach or speak about picture book and novel writing for children and young adults in other venues, please contact me for details.

Not sure about taking a class? Read what students are saying.

Can’t make it to a class? Look at my distance learning offerings below, or try out my critique service for one-on-one help with your manuscript.


Courses at The Loft Literary Center:

Picture Book Workshop

Date: 4/5/17 – 5/10/17

Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Ages: Adult

Class Level: Intermediate

Genre: Children’s and Young Adult Literature

REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW

Writing is a solitary pursuit, but rewriting often requires community. There comes a point when we need several pairs of eyes looking at our work, when we need thoughtful readers who can help guide us in our revision—in our attempt to see again.

This workshop-only class is for writers who know the basics and have several picture book projects underway, and who are now eager to have their work critiqued in a large-group setting. These students must also be interested in practicing the valuable skill of peer critique, and must be willing to learn from critiquing others’ manuscripts strategies that can be applied to their own current and future writing.

This workshop class will provide you with careful, considerate, constructive discussions of your work, 2-3 distinct manuscripts per student, or multiple revisions of the same piece (quantity depends on enrollment). Let’s dig into your stories and help you make them the best they can be—and help you grow as a writer and a reader in the process! Class size is limited so register early!

Pricing:
• Regular: $315.00
• Member: $283.50
• Low-Income: $220.50

Picture Book Basics

Date: 4/22/17

Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom

Day of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Ages: Adult

Class Level: Beginning

Genre: Children’s and Young Adult Literature

REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW

Parents! Grandparents! Teachers! Librarians! You’ve read a thousand picture books and you’ve thought to yourself, “I could do that!”

In this fast-paced introduction, you’ll buckle down and learn the basics of the picture book form, and practice reading great fiction and nonfiction picture books as a writer. Then you’ll generate some ideas for picture book stories and start a draft. Come with questions about picture book writing, and bring one of your very favorite published picture books to share with the group.

Pricing:
• Regular: $52.50
• Member: $47.25
• Low-Income: $36.75

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Independent distance learning classes:

The Lyrical Picture Book: Writing Poetic Prose for Kids

(Offered on request, about 2-3 times per year. Contact me for details.)

The picture book form is a vehicle for storytelling that is uniquely able to bridge the gap between written and oral traditions. Unlike other forms of prose, we write children’s picture books to be read aloud, and it is through the conjunction of sound and image that we enchant our readers. In this 8-week distance learning class, we will explore the auditory components of picture books by relating them to poetry and music. We will look at rhythm, repetition, cadence, sensory language, rhyme, breath, and imagery in great picture books, and learn to use these and other tools to make our own writing more powerful. If you have a grounding in basic picture book technique (structure, character, plot, dialogue, and theme) and are seeking ways to deepen your understanding of this form and infuse your prose with beauty and magic, let me help you explore the poetic possibilities of picture books.

Format–

Timeline: 8 weeks, offered continuously based on interest

Cost: $200

Includes:

6 emailed handouts (1-3p) with information about an aspect of Lyrical Picture Book writing, each with an accompanying booklist of example texts and two or more relevant exercises.

  • Topics covered:

1) Nuts and Bolts of Picture Book Writing
2) Meter, Cadence & Breath
3) Repetition & Refrain
4) Rhyme of all Kinds
5) Sensory & Figurative Language
6) Showing & Telling

1 complimentary picture book critique of a manuscript of your choice (under 1000 words, no art please), to be done either at the beginning or the end of the course (Week 1 or Week 7). You email or snail mail me your manuscript and I return it to you line-edited and with a 1-2 page letter explaining my general thoughts about the piece and suggestions for revision.
Note: I’m happy to do additional critiques after the course is completed.

1 handout with tips for submitting your manuscript to publishers, info about the picture book publishing process, and a cover letter template. ( Week 8 )

Procedure:

I email you once per week, attaching your “lesson” for the week as a pdf file. You teach yourself the material independently, using the handouts and example texts (I send you the booklists at least one week ahead of time so that you can be requesting and acquiring books from your library or bookstore), and working on exercises with your manuscript. You may send me one short email back per week with any questions you have about the content you’ve received. I’m looking into adding a Skype component to the course and/or discussion forum. If you live in the Twin Cities area, we can plan a get-together at the end of the course to wrap up the class and address any lingering questions you might have, and to meet other distance learners completing the course at the same time for a face-to-face discussion.

Please contact me if you are interested in working with me in a distance learning format.  More class options are in the works.

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