Writing Books for Children that Inspire and Entertain


In this workshop, we will learn the essential elements of writing for kids. Elementary, middle-grade and young adult readers have different expectations. This workshop will help you understand the differences between these audiences and capitalize on them. We will also discuss in detail the art of writing novels for children, including plotting, characterization, and voice. And we will talk about how to break into children’s publishing, opening it up to include a robust and frank Q&A on any aspect of the publishing industry.


Who should take this class? Open to high school students and adults. Beginning  and advanced writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry are welcome.

When is this class offered? This class is offered for one session on Saturday, April 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.mat MatchBOX Coworking Studio in Lafayette. The class costs $48.

 Who is the Instructor? Maurice Broaddus is an accidental teacher (at the Oaks Academy Middle School), an accidental librarian (the School Library Manager which part of the IndyPL Shared System), and a purposeful community organizer (resident Afrofuturist at the Kheprw Institute), his work has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Weird Tales, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Asimov’s, Cemetery Dance, Uncanny Magazine, with some of his stories having been collected in The Voices of Martyrs. His novels include the urban fantasy trilogy, The Knights of Breton Court, the steampunk novel, Pimp My Airship, and the middle grade detective novel series, The Usual Suspects. He co-authored the play Finding Home: Indiana at 200. His novellas include Buffalo Soldier, I Can Transform You, Orgy of Souls, Bleed with Me, and Devil’s Marionette. As an editor, he’s worked on Dark Faith, Dark Faith: Invocations, Streets of ShadowsPeople of Colo(u)r Destroy Horror, and Apex Magazine. His gaming work includes writing for the Marvel Super-Heroes, Leverage, and Firefly role-playing games as well as working as a consultant on Watch Dogs 2. Learn more about him at MauriceBroaddus.com.