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Based on Melissa Hart’s Better with Books: 500 Diverse Books to ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Tweens and Teens (Sasquatch, 2019), this workshop teaches writers of children’s and YA literature how to craft characters that build empathy in readers.  Using examples from diverse bestelling children’s and YA literature, the class will look at how authors write what they know and create characters that reflect kids’ real lives and experiences.  This technique helps young readers to develop insight and compassion.  The class will discuss the #ownvoices and We Need Diverse Books movements, then miney our own experiences for inspiration to ensure that the characters you create represent an authentic and respectful portrayal within a compelling plot.

Instructor Melissa Hart is the author of two memoirs for adults – Gringa and Wild Within – and Better with Books: 500 Diverse Books to Ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Tweens and Teens (Sasquatch, 2019) plus the award-winning middle-grade novel, Avenging the Owl (Sky Pony, 2016).  She is Contributing Editor at The Write Magazine and can be found at: www.melissahart.com

The class size is limited to 25 and will be held in the Library Meeting Room inside Springfield City Hall. To ensure your spot please sign-up via this online calendar, at the library’s reference desk or by calling 541-726-3766. Walk-in participants will be welcome as long as there are spaces available.

Each month, the Springfield Public Library hosts a free writing workshop for the public, presented by Wordcrafters in Eugene. All are welcome to join the free writing workshops. Adult library events are made possible by a sponsorship from the Springfield Public Library Foundation.

About Wordcrafters:

Wordcrafters provides writers and readers opportunities to strengthen their craft, deepen their connection with literature, and share their knowledge with each other and with future generations. Wordcrafters offers an annual writing conference, year-round writing classes and retreats, young writers camps and workshops, and Writers in the Schools.

All events are free and open to the public.

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