Writing Your Middle Grade Novel

Instructor: Jackson Pearce


Middle graders are notoriously complex—their tastes are unusual, their maturity levels varied, their fascinations ever-changing. Writing for middle graders requires you to walk the same thin line that actual middle graders must walk—the one between child and teen. Given that this is a time most of us have quite intentionally blocked from our memories, it stands to reason that more than a few authors struggle with the genre.

In this six-week course, we will discuss voice, content, characterization, and world-building in the middle grade world—answering questions as to what is appropriate, how to achieve an authentic voice, and what separates a middle grade story from a young adult or chapter book. Additionally, each student will develop the first three to five chapters of an original middle grade novel, which will be shared and critiqued in small break-out groups as well as by the instructor at the end of each class.

Participants will:

  • Draft the beginning of a new middle grade novel(for the purposes of the class, please be prepared to begin a new story rather than revise or edit an existing one);
  • Discuss in detail the limits (or lack thereof) in the genre;
  • Identify what makes the middle grade voice unique;
  • Receive effective feedback and the tools to revise not only the work created for class, but future middle grade works as well.

The class is open to writers of all levels, though is of most use to those who are already familiar with the basics of novel-writing structure.

Class Limit is 12.


$ 350.00



Biography: Jackson Pearce is the author of many books for young people, including the ELLIE, ENGINEER series, the DOUBLECROSS series, the PIP BARTLETT series, the SISTERS RED series, and more than a handful of additional titles. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages, have received starred reviews from Booklist and Kirkus, and have been honored twice with placements on the Books All Young Georgians Must Read list and the Florida Sunshine State Young Readers list. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, too many pets, and a lot of secondhand furniture. Visit her online at www.jacksonpearce.com.

Contact Information: info@decaturwritersstudio.com

Date(s): Tuesdays. March 12 - April 23 (skipping April 2)

Class time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Type of Class: 6 Week Class


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