Pitch Wars Webinar: “But I’m Not a Poet!” Writing a Novel in Verse


Pitch Wars Webinars presents . . .

“But I’m Not a Poet!” Writing a Novel in Verse

Novels-in-verse are increasingly popular with kidlit readers, but you don’t have to be a poet to give this genre a try. Join debut verse novelist and poet-in-the-schools Laura Shovan for an overview of the novel in verse form. We’ll focus on three key ways that poetry appeals to young readers: white space, wordplay, and voice; as well as how plot structure works in a verse novel. Laura will lead a writing exercise that authors of any genre can use to hone a character’s voice.

The Details…

When: Wednesday, September 13

Time: 8:30 pm ET 

Cost: $20

Please note: Registration is limited to the first 50 participants.

Pitch Wars Webinars: "But I'm Not a Poet!" Writing a Novel in Verse



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About Laura Shovan

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Laura Shovan is an award-winning poet, children’s author, editor, and educator. Her debut middle grade novel, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, was a NCTE 2017 Notable Verse Novel, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the year, and won a Cybils Award for poetry, as well a Nerdy Book Club award. She is a longtime poet-in-the-schools and the author and editor of three books of poetry for adults. With co-mentor Tricia Clasen, Laura coached PitchWars mentee Jeanne Zulick-Ferruolo, who recently signed a two-book deal with FS&G.

About Pitch Wars Webinars . . .

The Pitch Wars webinar series was developed to help writers at every stage of their careers. Mentors and industry experts will host webinars focused on pitching, publishing, developing craft, and more.

Pitch Wars is a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions to shine it up for agents. The mentors work with their mentees for two months before an agent round. Learn more.

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