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Rachel Craft | Presenter

Rachel Delaney Craft writes speculative fiction for children and teens. Her work has appeared in publications like CricketSpider, and Cast of Wonders, and she's currently co-editing the next Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers anthology, to be published in 2020. She does most of her writing with her Basset hound mix snoring at her feet.

Rachel will be teaching sessions on the following topics: 

Crafting Series Characters that Go the Distance WORKSHoP - Readers fall in love with series characters and await the release of each episode to see what happens to them next. Writers will benefit from digging deep into their protagonists prior to writing that first book, and this workshop will cover methods that will help craft 3-D characters that jump off the page. Tools for character development will be discussed such as character profiles, flaws and redeeming qualities, and goal-motivation-conflict outlines for episode and series arcs. The Enneagram, a model of the human psyche that focuses on personality type, emotional focus, and childhood wounds will be presented to help shape a protagonist’s internal arc.

Kidlit 101 - Interested in writing for children and teens but unsure where to start? This class will cover the different age categories and what they mean, including picture books, early readers, middle grade, and young adult. We’ll discuss market expectations like content, themes, and word count for books in each age group. We’ll also explore the wide world of children’s literature outside of books, from short fiction and nonfiction markets to resources and organizations for kidlit writers. 

Capturing the MG & YA Voice - There’s more to writing for children and teens than lowering the age of your protagonist—what really sets kidlit apart is the all-important voice. In this class, you’ll learn how to channel your inner child to capture the attitude of your middle-grade or young-adult protagonist. We’ll cover the differences between MG and YA, as well as common emotions, conflicts, and themes in both age categories. We’ll also discuss how to use tools like diction, syntax, and metaphors to craft a voice unique to your character. 

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