About the Course

September 16-October 21

Join Us To:
Explore the challenges of writing novels in verse and novels in vignettes. Discover how to use the form to its utmost advantage while taking into consideration all the foundation of storytelling. Consider the advantages and disadvantages of working within these cutting-edge forms. The course is divided into 6 sessions:

  • Session 1: Course Overview and Introductions
  • Session 2: Finding the Story: Verse and Vignette
  • Session 3: Limitations
  • Session 4: Upending the Limitations
  • Session 5: Advantages of Vignettes and Verse
  • Session 6: Where Do We Go From Here?

In addition, there is an optional Unworkshop weekend, December 3-6, where you can visit our Retreat Center and have unstructured free writing time in addition to an in-person consultation with your instructor. Register here.

What You'll Learn:
In this workshop, you will explore the challenges of writing novels in verse and novels in vignettes and discover how to use the form to its utmost advantage. You will:
  • Watch videos, explore resources and complete structured assignments.
  • Have phone consultations with your instructor about your project.
  • Review the advantages and disadvantages of working with these forms.
  • Explore issues of pacing, plotting, secondary character development and imagery.
  • Attend an optional, in-person retreat for free writing time and an in-person consultation with your instructor.

Attend If:
  • You have an in-progress or completed draft of a middle grade or young adult novel in verse or novel in vignettes.. In this course, you'll explore working with these forms.
  • 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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