The Northwest Author Series is a literary speaker series sponsored by the Wilsonville Public Library, the Wilsonville Friends of the Library, and the Wilsonville Arts & Culture Council. The series is organized and hosted by Wilsonville author Christina Katz.
Sunday, May 6, "Much Ado About Middle Grade: Mastering Setting, Character & Plot" with Heather Vogel Frederick
Middle-grade fiction is a place where anything can happen, from a voyage aboard a 19th-century whaling ship to a school called Hogwarts, from an espionage organization where the secret agents have whiskers and tails to a spell gone awry that leaves a seventh grader spouting toads. There’s even a farmyard where a pig and a spider are best friends! But when the sky's the limit, how do you choose a surefire setting, populate it with memorable characters, and develop a compelling storyline that is catnip to editors and readers alike? Come prepared to listen, to write, and to share in this hands-on workshop geared to helping you fuel your creative fire and overcome fear of the blank page.
Heather Vogel Frederick
, whose eleven middle-grade novels range from historical to contemporary to adventure/fantasy, left a 20-year career as a journalist and decided it was high time to fulfill her lifelong dream of writing fiction for young readers. Today, she’s the author of two picture books and eleven novels, including Oregon Book Award winner The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed
, and the popular Mother-Daughter Book Club
and Spy Mice
series. Heather’s work spans many genres, and has been honored both nationally and internationally and translated into numerous languages.
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Christina Katz is the author of Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids
(Writer's Digest Books 2007) and Get Known Before the Book Deal
, and Use Your Strengths to Grow an Author Platform
(Writer's Digest Books 2008).