(Taken from Cynsations)
Round Rock, Texas — Acclaimed authors Kathi Appelt and Sharon Darrow will lead a conference on the craft of writing for young readers on Oct. 2 and Oct. 3 at Teravista (4333 Teravista Club Dr.) in Round Rock, which is located just 20 minutes north of Austin.
The event is sponsored by the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults, where both Kathi and Sharon serve on the faculty.
The VCFA program intends for this retreat to serve as an opportunity for alumni and their colleagues to reconnect with one another as well as to reignite their passion for the craft of writing for children and teens.
You do not need to be a VCFA graduate to participate.
Newbery Honor winner Kathi Appelt will lecture on “Writing the Novel” and lead a craft class and writing workshop on “Writing the Picture Book.”
Former faculty chair Sharon Darrow will lecture on “Braiding the Character’s Emotional Trajectory into the Story’s Event Trajectory.” Her craft class and writing workshop will focus on “The Plot Sentence & Major/Minor Dramatic Questions.”
Together, Kathi and Sharon will discuss the rewards of the writing life, product, and process.
Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 2 with a social gathering at Teravista’s historic Ranch House, and continue the following day with lectures, workshops, and panel discussions at Teravista Golf Club.
(Note: I’m not sure if I’ll “officially” be in attendance, but I hope to make an appearance at some point during the weekend.)