Back to Where I StartedPosted by Lee McKenzie
For a while now I’ve had an idea for a children’s mid-grade fantasy rattling around in my head and I can’t let it go. Problem is, I know nothing about writing for children, or about writing fantasy. Of course the same could be said when I started to write romance, and I didn’t let that stop me.
This spring I decided to check out the writing programs being offered at The Banff Centre, which is in Canada so it’s spelled with an -re. Their Writing with Style program this fall has a children’s writing component that provides "a unique opportunity for writers of all levels to participate in a week-long workshop . . . " Only eight participants will be selected, and those lucky individuals will work with award-winning author, Tim Wynne-Jones.
As part of the application process I had to submit the story premise and up to the first twenty pages of the children’s work-in-progress that I plan work on during the workshop, if accepted. Which means I had to actually start writing the book. The application deadline has passed and the submissions are being adjudicated.
The workshop takes place in Banff in the beautiful Canadian Rockies—think Brokeback Mountain with fall colour. I’m needing lots of vibes and crossed fingers, and hoping the adjudicators are able to find some potential in the work of a rank beginner. Or maybe I’m a diamond in the rough? Yes, I definitely like the sound of that.
I should know the results by the end of June, so stay tuned for my July blog . . .