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Writing a Chapter Book Series for Children with Susan Muaddi Darraj

$65.00 · August 18

We will discuss the genre of chapter books, the important craft elements, and the ways in which one writes for the newly independent reader.

Start Date

August 18

Class Times

6:30pm – 8:30pm CT

Day(s) of the Week

Thursday

Location

Zoom (online)

Sessions

1

Instructor

Price

$65

In stock

Description

Kate DiCamillo said, “Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.”

Chapter books are an important bridge for children who are just beginning to discover the precious gift of independent reading. However, chapter books are not simply “shorter novels” or “easy readers.” Children are insightful and selective readers who want to read engaging books.

We will discuss the genre of chapter books, the important craft elements, and the ways in which one writes for the newly independent reader. In this class, there will be a 40-minute presentation, interspersed with questions and discussion, and writers will brainstorm a chapter book idea. Examples from mentor texts will be discussed and studied.

About Susan Muaddi Darraj

Susan Muaddi Darraj is an award-winning writer of books for adults and children. She won an American Book Award, two Arab American Book Awards, and a Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artists Award. In 2018, she was named a 2018 USA Artists Ford Fellow.


Susan Muaddi Darraj’s short story collection, A Curious Land: Stories from Home, was named the winner of the AWP Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, judged by Jaime Manrique.   It also won the 2016 Arab American Book Award, a 2016 American Book Award, and was shortlisted for a Palestine Book Award. Her previous short story collection, The Inheritance of Exile, was published in 2007 by University of Notre Dame Press. For children, she has written numerous YA biographies, as well as the Farah Rocks chapter book series, the first to feature an Arab American protagonist.


Susan lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and teaches English and creative writing at Harford Community College and the Johns Hopkins University.