Hello, Summer Schoolers! Week 1 has drawn to a close, and we are about to embark upon Week 2 of Kidlit Summer School 2014. Are you excited? Are you inspired? We certainly hope so.
Just like last week, we want to start you off on good footing and give you a preview of what is to come, not just in terms of guest bloggers, but other great Summer School Events like out #30mdares and upcoming Webinars. Let’s get started!
The Facebook Group
A quick reminder: some of you are still trying to get into the Facebook group (and why wouldn’t you? We’re having so much fun there!). If you have registered for Kidlit Summer School, have asked to be added to the FB group, and did not get added within a few hours, it may be because your FB name did not match up with your registration name. Please send us an email at nerdychickswrite(at)gmail(dot)com with the subject line FB group and include the email address you used to register for Summer School. We’ll get it sorted out!
Class Schedule for Week 2
Our next Webinars will be on August 4, August 11, and August 13. They will all start at 9PM EST. As before, if you cannot attend the Webinars live, there will be recordings made available to registered students of Summer School. Yet another reason to make sure your registration is current!
The August 11 webinar is the extra webinar we promised for pre-registered students, and we have a special treat for you — Agent Susan Hawk of The Bent Agency will be our special guest and she will be giving feedback on the participants pitches. If you are not pre-registered, don’t worry! The August 13 webinar is for everyone and our special guest will be editor Amy Cloud of Aladdin/Simon and Schuster. Amy will be giving feedback on first pages. We are so excited about our special guests and we hope you are too!
Late Registration is Now Open
Even though pre-registration and regular registration have both closed, you can still take part in Kidlit Summer School. Late registration is now open, so you can still sign up and get access to our password-protected writing exercises, to our Summer School webinars and recordings, and to the Facebook group, and you are still eligible to win any of the comment-related book giveaways on the daily blog posts. If you still need to register, please click HERE
#30mdare – clarifications and review
With our first #30mdare behind us, we’ve learned enough to make some revisions to the “rules.” We want the dares to challenge you and your characters. Ideally, you’ll work with all of the prompts. While it’s fun to do the dares at the posted times and share the energy and discussion with your classmates, the intent is to push your characters into new territory and surprise yourself. We don’t want issues with time zones (there is at least one student in Australia!) or work schedules to make anyone feel left out, and especially to not try the dares. Therefore, you are encouraged to do the dares whenever you can. We’ll use an honor system for the contest to win one of five three-page critiques by Rebecca Petruck. At the end of school, you’ll give us your names if you were able to do at least 5 of the prompts.
We hope you’ll reach out to each other to do the dares together, too. Anyone can post with the Twitter hashtag or on FB to see if a few others are around. Part of the fun–and the prod–is knowing someone else is out there expecting you to keep at it for 30 minutes. (But you can do it on your own, too.) Just a reminder, here is how it works:
-Put out a call that you’d like to start a #30mdare at a designated time and ask if anyone else is in
-Remind each other of the prompt (or make one up yourself!)
-At the designated time, the moderator shouts GO! (and posts on social media, too 🙂
-Off screen, you each write for 30 minutes, no stopping. Sketch or write a scene in which your MC (or other character) does as prompted
-At the 30-minute mark, the moderator posts STOP
-It’s fun to share how it went for you, if anything surprising or awesome or scary came up for your character
The scheduled KidLit Summer School dares are Thursdays at 9p and Sundays at 3p ET. We hope all of you will be able to make as many as you can. For those who can’t, we are glad for you to do them on your own or with fellow classmates. Let the dares push your characters out of their comfort zones–and make you be far less nice to them. Be evil geniuses, students! We dare you!