Writing About Serious Topics in Middle Grade Fiction

The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College
Chestnut Hill, MA

The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College offers concentrations in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and writing for children & young adults.

Writing about Serious Topics in Middle Grade fiction: How do you balance stories of hardship with joy? In this workshop, we will discuss how writers tackle serious topics for young readers without traumatizing the reader of playing it too safe. We will examine how the juxtaposition of light and darkness, the use of humor, and ending in a hopeful (not completely resolved) place all work together to build a strong emotional arc. This class is open to auditors from the public. For more information click HERE.