On Sunday, May 6th, The Northwest Author Series Presents…
Heather Vogel Frederick on Much Ado About Middle Grade: Mastering Setting, Character & Plot
Location: The Wilsonville Public Library in the Oak Room
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Middle-grade fiction is a place where anything can happen, from a voyage aboard a 19th-century whaling ship to a school called Hogwarts, from an espionage organization where the secret agents have whiskers and tails to a spell gone awry that leaves a seventh grader spouting toads. There’s even a farmyard where a pig and a spider are best friends! But when the sky’s the limit, how do you choose a surefire setting, populate it with memorable characters, and develop a compelling storyline that is catnip to editors and readers alike? Come prepared to listen, to write, and to share in this hands-on workshop geared to helping you fuel your creative fire and overcome fear of the blank page.
Heather Vogel Frederick, whose eleven middle-grade novels range from historical to contemporary to adventure/fantasy, left a 20-year career as a journalist and decided it was high time to fulfill her lifelong dream of writing fiction for young readers. Today, she’s the author of two picture books and eleven novels, including Oregon Book Award winner The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed, and the popular Mother-Daughter Book Club and Spy Mice series. Heather’s work spans many genres, and has been honored both nationally and internationally and translated into numerous languages.
And be sure to check out:
Once Upon a Toad (Simon & Schuster, April 17, 2012)
Home for the Holidays (Simon & Schuster, October 4, 2011)