Writing Novels for Young Readers: An Online Workshop

New Jersey, United States

Jun 28 - Aug 2, 2024


TUITION / COST:Sliding scale
Scholarships available for most of our programs. See website for details.

CONTACT: Murphy Writing
EMAIL: murphywriting@stockton.edu
WEBSITE: stockton.edu/murphywriting

June 28 - August 2, 2024

Led by Eric Bell


How do you successfully capture the experiences of a child or teenager? In this course, we’ll study writing fundamentals of the “young person’s novel,” such as characterization, setting, plot and voice through a kidlit-centered lens. We’ll read and discuss current middle grade (intended for ages 8-12) and young adult (intended for ages 12+) novels and analyze why they work so well. Weekly generative prompts will inspire you whether you’re just beginning your kidlit adventure, or you’re already working on a piece and want to hone it further. Bring your desire to write for children and/or young adults, and an open mind.


Featured Writers Include:

Eric Bell is the author of 2 middle grade novels and is a teacher of writing classes, a virtual workshop leader, a freelance editor and writing coach.


Fiction, Children's literature


New Jersey, United States

Murphy Writing of Stockton University

Murphy Writing of Stockton University offers programs in the US and abroad to help writers develop their craft. When writers immerse themselves in these challenging and supportive workshops and an encouraging community, they often make breakthroughs in their art. The Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, founded in 1994, is the flagship program, attracting more than 200 poets and writers from across the country each year. In 2014, Murphy Writing became part of Stockton University.

Our Participants Say it Best

"The Getaway was exactly what I needed to recharge as a writer and start the year off on the right foot. From the supportive community to the hotel’s friendly atmosphere, I left feeling inspired. Now I can't wait to get back to work on the many projects I've lined up for myself. I only wish the Getaway could last all year!" ~ Cate, Pittsburgh, PA

Our Philosophy

Advance your craft and energize your writing with our challenging and supportive workshops. Write with us wherever you are and take advantage of inspiring craft discussions, dedicated writing time, insightful feedback and an encouraging community.

View our upcoming programs by visiting stockton.edu/murphywriting