Middle Grade Novel Writing

Write your middle-grade novel with the help of a literary agent

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  • Discussions Thursdays 9-10pm ET, 8 sessions full schedule

From A Bridge to Terebithia to The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, middle-grade novels capture the humor -- and heartache -- of being a child. These memorable stories both entertain and help shape a child’s view of the world. Middle-grade novels are also what editors are particularly looking to publish.

This class will help you develop and write your middle-grade novel.

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Develop strong, believable characters
  • Write convincing and compelling dialogue
  • Plot a potential series
  • Master the art of revision
  • Market your work (without writing to the market)

By the end of class, you will have:

The first 80 pages of your middle-grade novel.

Rachel Orr is an agent at Prospect Agency, where she represents the middle-grade novels Come Fall by A.C.E. Bauer, The Adventures of Nate Banks series by Jake Bell, and the forthcoming Spectacles of Destiny series by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. Previously, she worked for eight years as an editor for HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she edited novels by the New York Times bestselling author Dan Gutman, among others.