Jon Ripslinger will share his lifetime of experience in the realm of young adult literature with participants in his workshop, "Writing for Young Adults", at the 2011 David R. Collins Writers' Conference. Using his novel in progress, Trapped, he will discuss researching, writing, and publishing novels for teens. He will come prepared with sample query letters, agent and publisher rejection letters and literature on the craft of writing. This course will provide an interesting look at the genre of literature whose sales continue to grow despite the recent economical environment. Check out this one-part course offered Saturday, June 25th from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Jon Ripslinger is a former West High School teacher and has devoted his life to children. In an interview, Ripslinger cited his classroom as the single biggest inspiration for his books. He said, "Gradually, I became sensitive to teen problems and felt I understood young people—their feelings, desires, fears, and frustrations. I didn't need to research story ideas: A classroom full of ideas sat in front of me every morning." That kind of inspiration has obviously paid off as his four books for teens have been well received. His first novel, Triangle, was published by Harcourt Brace in 1994. In 1995, it was chosen by the Young Adult Library Services Association to be included on the list of Recommended Books for Reluctant Young Readers.
Visit the Midwest Writing Center's website for more information and to register for this workshop!