Current - Pacing KidLit to Published - A Master Class for PB to YA

Re-imagineer your story - amp up the power of words, visualization, page turns & more!

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Our focus throughout this course will be on movement, or more specifically, moving yourself to move your story and your readers. You will explore the 10 Ps of picture book pacing & beyond as you explore 40 tools and craft your stories to achieve beautiful results.

Our focus will be in writing to mind, heart and ear while you explore how PACING, (how to speed and slow as needed to bring out your heart scene) relates to awesome writing:

Join me and enjoy a motivating weekly writing lecture on pacing. I've been sharing my pacing study since 2008, but have now slowed this course down to help writers digest it all and really amp up the effectiveness of each delicious word in their manuscript one concept, one technique at a time while offering quality feedback. Like in my GIRAFFE class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions LIVE that will help you further your work.

In this workshop, you will harness the power of action and pause and the page turn and it's importance in moving yourself and moving your reader and story to a whole new level of WOW! I share how to take the ordinary and create extraordinary results! These ten moves will help you enhance the emotional arc of your story as well. Learn how you can immediately incorporate the ten Ps of pacing and watch your word count slip away. This approach has helped so many writers hone their work, there is no doubt it will get your book project the attention it deserves, too.

A lecture a week for 8-weeks, we also gather each week for hands-on "push" activities in a dedicated online classroom format.

If you are a teacher at any grade, this is a great course for you. It will allow you to improve writing in your classroom beyond what you imagined. No matter what grade, there's something for you to transfer into the classroom. Don't miss this opportunity to make this your best teaching year ever.

If you are a writer, you will begin to see many more possibilities in your own writing to really offer readers an unforgettable experience. Come learn more.

If you are an illustrator, you will understand that magical dance between art and words.

We will be dummying in this course. We will push you to explore and challenge your manuscript until it comes together.

Your Instructor

Jodell Sadler
Jodell Sadler

Jodell Sadler is the founder of KidLit College, and currently works as an editorial agent wih Jill Corcoran Literary Agency, JCLA. She has served as an art director, marketing consultant, senior designer before earning her MFA at Hamline University, where she focused on sharing her critical thesis project, PACING PICTURE BOOKS & BEYOND. She’s since worked as a professor, secondary Freshman & Senior English AP/Dual Credit teacher, and founded KidLit College, a webinar, classes & critique community for writers and illustrators. Jodell teaches online and presents at conferences and events on pacing, and writes and presents with Writer’s Digest University. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) and passionate about helping writers and illustrators advance their careers.

Recent titles range from board books to teen titles: IF ANIMALS SAID I LOVE YOU by Ann Whitford Paul; SNOW BEAST and DOG ADOPTION DAY by Phil Gosier; HEDGEHOG’S 100th DAY OF SCHOOL by Lynne Marie; MR. McGINTY’S MONARCHS by Linda Vander Heyden; BRUNHILDA’S BACKWARDS Day by Shawna J.C. Tenney; FARAWAY FRIENDS by Russ Cox, and middle grade series: FRIDAY BARNES, illustrated by Phil Gosier; PUPPY PIRATES, illustrated by Russ Cox, and middle grade nonfiction titles: BOLD WOMEN OF MEDICINE: 21 Stories of Astounding Discoveries, Daring Surgeries, and Healing Breakthroughs by Susan M. Latta, among others.

Jodell is looking to add picture book, graphic novel, and middle grade author/illustrators to her list. She’s looking for fiction and nonfiction with humor and heart. She enjoys books that emotionally connect, provide reader interaction. Fresh voice and concept is best in board books, picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade projects (illustrated and graphic), especially those that incorporate nature, wildlife, cultural experiences, contemporary challenges or mystery, as well as biographies that celebrate the difference one person has made in the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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