Class Description:

Like your fearless leader, Carol Lynch Williams, I’m a graduate of the Vermont College of the Fine Arts MFA program in writing for children and young adults. My writing career got its start in the laboratory of supportive peer workshops and mentored discussions. I look forward to facilitating a workshop with my group at WIFYR so that we can all grow together. We’ll focus on how the art of constructive critique makes us better editors and revisers of our own work. Each participant will have their pieces workshopped by their peers. We’ll begin each session with writing exercises, then delve into workshopping, and end with discussions on craft topics, using an assigned touchstone title as a launching point.
This class will challenge you intellectually and personally, but we will be, first and foremost, an encouraging group. We need to be our own most rigorous critics, but we need even more to encourage and celebrate our efforts and our potential – and the joy we find in reading and writing wonderful stories. Good writers must learn to be generous, candid, and specific in dispensing both critique and praise, but I believe it’s encouragement, more than anything else, that calls forth our best abilities. We’ll work together to expand each other’s belief in our own capacity, then rise to the measure of that belief.  Best of all, we’ll do a lot of giggling. Snorting and cackling are also permitted.

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Julie Berry is the author of the award-winning young adult novel, ALL THE TRUTH THAT’S IN ME (2013, Viking). She is also the author of THE SCANDALOUS SISTERHOOD OF PRICKWILLOW PLACE (2014, Roaring Brook), THE AMARANTH ENCHANTMENT and SECONDHAND CHARM (Bloomsbury), and the SPLURCH ACADEMY FOR DISRUPTIVE BOYS series (Penguin Books for Young Readers). She grew up in western New York and holds a BS from Rensselaer in communication and an MFA from Vermont College in writing for children and young adults. Before becoming an author, she worked in software sales and marketing. She now lives in southern California with her husband and four sons. Find her online at, or on Twitter at @julieberrybooks. Photo Credit: Bruce Lucier


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.