Winter Course

Advanced Creative Writing For Children & Young Adults

Class meets at 9:00 to 10:00 AM Room 164 Tyler East Quad or local coffee shop (to be announced)

Carolyn Balducci

116 Greene East Quad

Office Hours 2:00 to 4:00 Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays(by Appointment)

In Winter 1998, this class will be taught in association with the campus wide theme semester:

DIVERSITY- Theory & Practices

The first assignment entails writing, designing and executing Moveable Books. Skills such as Origami or Textile techniques such as Applique will be useful. The objective is to make a hand-made, hand-bound 3-D "pop-up" book with moveable parts and written in a short simple narrative. Books are generally 8 pages in length. The books are intended to be playful, often satrical, as befits the Pop Up spirit. Art supplies necessary. Patterns supplied.


Most writing involves collaboration of some kind. This project will involve class members in organizing themselves into one big collaborative or a few small teams. This is well suited to radio plays, puppet plays or performance pieces or scripts. Time management, distribution of tasks and ability to meet deadlines usually play a significant role in the success of this project. In Spring of 1997, the class created "Waiting for Trashman" a play about recyling using recyled materials for puppets and performed it at the U of M environmental Fair.

After the Spring Break, students will work on their own creative writing projects. Some may chose to extend narratives begun in Fall semester, others may decide to work in experimental media. All forms of creative expression would be eligible, provided the project is relevant to children or young adults and the written components constitute the most important element. Examples: puppet plays, new media (CD-ROM interactives, etc.), live action or animation film scripts, bi-lingual books, comic books/graphic novels, etc. Poetry for children, picture books, pop-up books, board books, learn-to-read books, short stories, folktale adaptations or teean-age (YA) novellas would also be suitable.