FDU MFA Faculty to Present at AWP16: Learning the Craft of Children’s Literature in an Adult World
Learning the Craft of Children’s Literature in an Adult World
Eliot Schrefer, Donna Freitas, Rebecca Chace, Kathi Appelt, Rene Steinke
As more writing programs add children’s and YA tracks within larger pools of MFA students, it’s not easy to figure out how best to teach—and learn—the craft of writing for younger audiences. Where are the traditional MFA program structures useful to those writing for children, and where are they potentially a challenge? How do we keep the highest standards for writing for children, all while defending it against those who would consider it simpler?
Thursday, March 31, 2016
10:30 am to 11:45 am
Gold Salon 2, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor
FDU MFA Faculty Panelists:
Eliot Schrefer is a two-time finalist for the National Book Award. His New York Times bestselling books have been named to the NPR Best of the Year list and the ALA best fiction list for young adults. He has also won the Green Earth Book Award and Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award.
Donna Freitas is the author of five novels for children, including The Possibilities of Sainthood, which received five starred reviews among other accolades. Her newest novel is The Tenderness of Thieves, and the first book in her sci-fi trilogy is forthcoming in 2016.
Rebecca Chace is the author of Leaving Rock Harbor (novel), Capture the Flag (novel), and Chautauqua Summer (memoir). She is director of creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She was awarded a 2014 Grace Paley Fiction Fellowship from Vermont Studio Center and she is a 2015–16 Wertheim Study Writing Fellow NYPL.
René Steinke’s most recent novel is Friendswood (Riverhead Books), which was listed as one of National Public Radio’s Best Books of 2014. She is also the author of The Fires and Holy Skirts, which was a 2005 finalist for the National Book Award, and listed as one of the Best Books of the year by The Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, Salon, Redbook, TriQuarterly, Bookforum, and in various anthologies. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Literary Review, and now serves as Editor-at-Large. She teaches creative writing and literature at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she directs the Low-Residency MFA program in Creative Writing.
Kathi Appelt is the New York Times bestselling author of more than forty books for children and young adults. In addition to writing, she is on the faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a sought-after speaker at national and international writing conferences and workshops.
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