Class Description:
In this middle-grade and YA novel writing class, we will discuss what makes a good novel, including structure, plot, characterization, motivation, world building, dialogue, and strong writing. We’ll discuss the importance of drafts and rewriting, how to overcome whatever is holding you back from getting words on the paper, and skills for managing a writing life. We’ll also focus extensively on editing (yourself and others) and how to work with an editor once your novel is accepted for publication. Please bring an outline of the project you are working on and ten pages to workshop in class. Be prepared to discuss your writing, offer critiques, and to talk about your favorite novels.

Full Novel attendees have the bonus opportunity to pitch to an agent or editor and get feedback on your work. The boot camp workshop also includes extended time for group Q&A with all agents and editors during their classroom visits.

*Prerequisite required. There is a 60,000 word limit and full synopsis required. Must obtain permission from WIFYR staff. Please send an email to


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Jennifer Adams is the author of more than two dozen books, including the board books in the bestselling BABY LIT series, which introduce small children to the world of classic literature. Her children’s picture books, EDGAR GETS READY FOR BED and EDGAR AND THE TATTLE-TALE HEART are inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven.” She also has two picture books forthcoming from HarperCollins. Jennifer graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle. She has 20 years’ experience as a book editor, most recently at Gibbs Smith, Publisher and Quirk Books. She works some evenings at her local independent bookstore,The King’s English, to feed her book habit. Jennifer lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, Bill Dunford, who is also a writer. Visit her online at:
There will be no refunds after April 30th. If you cancel before this date, you will receive a full refund, minus a 20% administration fee.