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Honing Your Middle Grade Writing Voice: A Workshop with Author Kristen Kittscher

  • 22 Feb 2014
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • El Segundo Libary 111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo CA 90245


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Honing Your Middle Grade Writing Voice:
A Workshop with Author Kristen Kittscher

Editors, agents, and readers often cite “voice” as what draws them to an author’s work. But how do writers cultivate this elusive quality, especially when writing for children?

In this hands-on workshop with middle grade mystery author Kristen Kittscher, participants will investigate the ingredients that go into creating an authentic, compelling middle grade voice and learn techniques for channeling their own inner tweens. Attendees should come prepared to write!

Speaker's Bio:

Kristen Kittscher was a child neighborhood spy but (allegedly) grew up to be an upstanding citizen, seventh grade English teacher, and writing tutor. A graduate of Brown University, she lives in Pasadena, California with her husband, Kai, and their hyperactive lab mix. Her debut novel The Wig in the Window, the first in a new mystery series from HarperCollins Children’s Books, comes out June 18, 2013

Visit kristenkittscher.comto investigate more about her and Young & Yang's next adventure, The Tiara on the Terrace.

Date: February 22, 2014, Saturday

Time: 1-4 PM

Venue: El Segundo Library

Fee: $33

*$10 Discount for CBW-LA Members when you pay online

*$5 Discount for CBW-LA Members when you pay at the door

*Non-members pay the full amount of $33

*Fee includes workshop materials, handouts, worksheet and a copy of the authors’ book THE WIG IN THE WINDOW.


“Ample red herrings keep young sleuths and engaged readers guessing in this thrilling debut mystery. Reminiscent of the ever-compelling filmRear Window, this appealing and often spine-tingling tale will leave its audience wishing for more.”   undefinedKirkus Reviews

“Perceptive and wryly humorous…one of a growing number of mysteries featuring strong, smart female characters.”  undefinedBooklist

"A witty, weird, and wonderful book, The Wig in the Window's troublemaking detectives kept me laughing--while the suspense had me inching to the edge of my seat. A perfect middle grade mystery!" undefinedKirsten Miller, New York Times bestselling author of the Kiki Strike series

"Funny, realistic, and suspenseful -- a pitch-perfect mystery for the tween set." undefinedKate Messner, author of Capture the Flag and Hide and Seek

AboutThe Wig in the Window

 (ISBN 9780062110503)

Hardcover / Audiobook / E-book editions published June 18, 2012 by Harper Collins Children’s Books.

Fans of the humor and clever clues in the Sammy Keyes books will enjoy The Wig in the Window, first in a smart, funny new middle grade mystery series from debut author Kristen Kittscher.

Best friends and seventh graders Sophie Young and Grace Yang have made a game out of spying on their neighbors. On one of their midnight stakeouts, they witness a terrifying, bloody scene at the home of their bizarre middle-school counselor Dr. Charlotte Agford (also known as Dr. Awkward).

 At least, they think they do. The truth is that Dr. Agford was only making her famous pickled beets! But when Dr. Agford begins acting even weirder than usual, Sophie and Grace become convinced that she’s hiding somethingundefinedand they’re determined to find out what it is.
Soon the girls are breaking secret codes, being followed by a strange blue car, and tailing strangers with unibrows and Texas accents.
But as their investigation heats up, Sophie and Grace start to buckle under the pressure. Even if they crack their case, will their friendship survive?

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