Have you always wanted to write stories for kids, but never knew where to start? This class will let you get your feet wet in this fun genre. In-class prompts—everything from starter sentences to images, magical objects to inanimate objects—will help you generate new work week after week. Then, you’ll give and receive positive feedback in a low-pressure atmosphere (sharing is always optional). You’ll also receive optional take-home exercises to keep your fingers flying during the week. By the end of this workshop, you will have started multiple stories you can build on. Whether you want to write for publication, your grandkids, or yourself, this is the place to begin. This class is geared towards writing for ages 8–12.
Instructor: Tina Tocco is a Pushcart Prize nominee for fiction. Her work has appeared in various publications, including New Ohio Review, Roanoke Review, River Styx, Potomac Review, Portland Review, Passages North, Sou’wester, and Italian Americana. Tina has contributed to multiple anthologies, such as The Best Small Fictions (Sonder Press, 2019) and Best Nonfiction Food (Woodhall Press, 2020). She was a Reader-in-Residence for SmokeLong Quarterly Issue 72. Tina earned her MFA from Manhattanville College, where she was editor-in-chief of Inkwell, the college’s national literary journal.