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225 North Oneida Street

Appleton, WI 54911

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Do you feel inspired to write a middle grade or young adult novel, but aren’t sure where to start? Writing for children and teens can be a rewarding but daunting challenge. This workshop will cover how to take the plunge. We’ll explore the fundamentals of writing a middle grade or young adult novel—from finding story ideas and creating memorable characters, to generating a plot and learning to love (or at least not hate) the revision process.

Once your novel is finished, the real work begins! Most mainstream publishers no longer accept manuscripts unless they come from a literary agent. Whether you’re submitting your manuscript to an agent or a small press, a polished, professional query letter is an essential tool. We’ll discuss strategies for writing a strong query letter, as well as the importance of self marketing even before you’re published.

It can be done! Agents and small presses sign new, unknown authors every day. Learn what it takes to be one of them.


Julie Mata is the author of two middle grade novels, “Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens,” published by Disney Hyperion in 2014, and the sequel, “Kate Walden Directs: Bride of Slug Man,” published in 2015. She received a B.A. from Oberlin College in English Literature, with a minor in Creative Writing, and a master’s degree from Northwestern University in Broadcast Journalism. She worked for many years as a news reporter in Iowa, Illinois and South Dakota, and as a freelance writer for ad agencies in Arizona. In 2012, Julie acquired a literary agent with Inkell Management. Her agent also successfully sold her books to CBT, a German publisher in the Random House publishing group. Julie’s first book, “Night of the Zombie Chickens,” won an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association, and was published in Germany (her second book, “Bride of Slug Man,” is currently under translation,)

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