Children’s literature has all the hallmarks of great fiction for adults — carefully observed details, compelling characters, a convincing world, and a narrative arc that makes a great book hard to put down. In this craft class, which features guided exercises and activities from the Ithaca College Writing Children’s Literature course, you will learn about how books for young readers facilitate their growth and development by engaging their imaginations and their power to reason and empathize.
Joan Marcus has been teaching fiction and creative nonfiction at Ithaca College since 2002. Her courses include, among others, Writing Children’s Literature, Autobiography, and a Senior Seminar in literary and commercial genre fiction. Her stories and essays appear in The Sun, Georgia Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Laurel Review, Fourth Genre, The Smart Set, Superstition Review, and elsewhere.