About the Course

October 28-November 25

Join Us To:
Learn how to use image systems to improve your novel in verse. An image system is a series of images (can be a symbol or a metaphor or a simile) strung together in a narrative that, as they build, reveal character change and development. This course will help you design an image system that consistently brings out the core idea of your novel.

The course is divided into 5 sessions:
  • Session 1: Course Overview and Introductions
  • Session 2: Image Systems in Verse Novels: An Analysis
  • Session 3: How to Find an Image System that Works for Your Character
  • Session 4: Using Poetic Devices to Emphasize your Image System
  • Session 5: Where Do We Go From Here?

What You'll Learn:
In this workshop, you will learn about image systems and design an image system that consistently brings out the core idea of your novel in verse. You will:
  • Watch videos, explore resources and complete structured assignments.
  • Review sample image systems and design one to use in your novel in verse.
  • Share work, questions, and reflections with peers and instructor in the forum.

Attend If:
  • You have an in-progress or completed draft of a middle grade or young adult novel in verse. In this course, you'll create an image system that supports the core idea of your novel in verse.
  • You need a workshop that fits into your schedule. This is an online course and you are free to work at your own pace.
  • You’ve taken one of our introductory novel courses or one of our novel in verse courses. This workshop is a good “next step” for alums of Novels in Verse: Take Your Manuscript to the Next Level; Novels in Verse: More Than a Novel, More Than Poetry; An Introduction to Novels in Verse; Novel Beginnings, Summer Camp in Fiction and Getting to Know Your Novel.



Cordelia Jensen

Cordelia Jensen graduated with a MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2012. Cordelia has three verse novels: Skyscraping (Philomel/Penguin) The Way the Light Bends (Philomel/Penguin) and Every Shiny Thing (Amulet/Abrams), which she co-authored with VCFA classmate Laurie Morrison. Skyscraping was named an American Library Association’s 2016 Best Book for Young Adults, A Los Angeles Public Library’s Best Book for Teens and a 2016 NCTE Children’s Notable Verse Novel. Every Shiny Thing was nominated for the South Carolina Junior Book Award. Cordelia has taught creative writing in a variety of settings: Bryn Mawr College, Germantown Friends School and The Writing Barn. She also runs a local kids’ literary journal called the Mt. Airy Musers. Cordelia is represented by Sara Crowe of Pippin.

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