Plotting? Or just plodding through the scenery? Get your story moving again with author Greg Leitich Smith. Learn how to engage your characters with the world around them, and regain momentum through writing activities that deepen this crucial relationship. Examine techniques to overcome writers’ block, and find the balance between effective world-building and character development to create a dynamic plot in any genre.
Greg Leitich Smith is the award-winning author of numerous books for young readers. His middle grade novels range from the contemporary comedic to science fiction and feature lively characters and plots and, sometimes, science themes. They include the comedies NINJAS, PIRANHAS, AND GALILEO (A Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner and an ALA Popular Paperback for Teen Readers) and its sequel, TOFU AND T.REX; the dinosaur time-travel adventures CHRONAL ENGINE (A Junior Library Guild Selection) and BORROWED TIME; and the UFO comedy-adventure LITTLE GREEN MEN AT THE MERCURY INN.
Greg grew up in a German American neighborhood on the north side of Chicago and attended Lane Tech High School, just down the street from Wrigley Field. He is of German and Japanese descent, and many of his characters are similarly mixed-race. Greg holds degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Texas at Austin. In addition, he holds a degree in law from The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor.
**Terms and conditions: Please note that all Writing Barn classes and events are nonrefundable and nontransferable to another class. You may transfer your attendance to another writer.**