Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 23, 2017

Opportunity: Middle Grade Online Course


Middle Grade novels are hot, hot, hot. They’re the number one thing so many editors and agents are looking to add to their list. Have you gotten a critique for a picture book or chapter book and were told your story would work better as a middle grade novel? During my ten years as an SCBWI Regional Advisor, writers shared with me that this is what they were told.

We all love picture books. Their wonderful – the pictures draws us to them. Plus, they are short, so everyone thinks they are easy to write and they won’t have to spend as much time writing one – wrong!

Writing a middle grade novel is scary. I remember myself saying, “Oh, I could never write a novel.” Now I have written two YA novels, a middle grade novel and two more WIP, in addition to my picture books. So I was wrong and it wasn’t true. Once I started writing, so many wonderful story ideas poured out of me. I am sure some of those picture books you have in your drawer would be better off as a middle grade novel. Those extra words will give you room to let your tiny story bloom into a gorgeous living thing by enabling you to spend more time with their characters and go deeper into their lives and world.

In addition, publishers pay writers more for novels than they do for picture or chapter books. Plus, more middle grade novels are made into movies, so that is another incentive to try your hand at writing a novel. 

The Children’s Academy has a superb middle grade e-course. It happens only once a year  and you can enjoy the course from the comfort of your own home, at your own pace. They have live webinars, but don’t worry, they are recorded in case you miss one.

Dr. Mira  Reisberg students now have over 110 contracted or published books and many others have agents. Many of Hillary’s former students have also been published!

With Middle School Mastery you will:

  • Learn from award-winning teachers Hillary Homzie and Dr. Mira Reisberg who are passionately committed to your success!
  • Access insider knowledge from exceptional authors, editors and agents who are leaders in the Children’s Book Publishing Industry.
  • Get Feedback to improve your writing and step-by-step guidance on how to become a successful, published author of Middle School literature.
  • Many unique submission opportunities.
  • Opportunity to sign up for an hour critique with Mira or Hillary.
  • Entry into the Golden Ticket skip-the-line pitch fest contest where editors, and agents will look at your work and choose students to connect with further.

Start Date: April 3rd.

There are 2 levels for this highly interactive course:The Big Bonus, which features too many opportunities and bonuses to mention.The BB is normally 525 but is currently only 425 with this code 2017MGM100 until March 6th!

and the Big Bonus plus Critique, which provides all the benefits of the Big Bonus plus a one hour LIVE possibly career changing critique with either Hillary or Mira. This is normally 625 but is currently only 525 until March 6th with the same code  2017MGM100

There are too many opportunities and bonus features to mention. Use this link to read everything:

Instructors Bios:


Hillary Homzie Hillary’s career is zooming! She is the author of the middle grade novel, THE HOT LIST (Simon & Schuster/M!X) which Booklist says “captures the angst of young teen friendships and fragile identities.” She’s also the author of the middle grade novel, THINGS ARE GONNA GET UGLY (Simon & Schuster/M!X), a Justice Book-of-the-Month, which was just optioned by Priority Pictures, and the forthcoming  QUEEN OF LIKES (Simon & Schuster/Aladdin M!X, April 2016), which is about social media, as well as the humorous chapter book series, ALIEN CLONES FROM OUTER SPACE (Simon & Schuster/Aladdin), a Children’s Book-of-the-Month Best Books for Children. Emmy-nominated Suppertime Entertainment developed the books to become an animated television series and it was sold to ABC Australia. Hillary’s young adult fiction has been published in TEEN MAGAZINE and anthologized (MUDDVILLE DIARIES, Avon Books). She has sold non-fiction and fiction projects to Klutz Press/Scholastic Books, The Learning Company and John Muir Books. With her frequent writing partner, Steven Arvanites, she has had film projects developed by Brooklyn Weaver’s Energy Entertainment. Hillary got her start performing and writing sketch comedy Off-Broadway, and was a Heideman Playwrighting Award Finalist. Hillary holds a master’s degree in education from Temple University and a master’s of arts degree from Hollins University in children’s literature and writing. Besides teaching at the Children’s Book Academy, Hillary is a visiting professor of children’s literature and writing at Hollins University. Visit her on the web at and follow her on twitter @HillaryHomzie. She is excited about co-teaching this course and sharing her expertise to help others succeed with their work.



Dr. Mira Reisberg is a multi-published award-winning children’s book illustrator and author whose books have sold over 600,000 copies. She has helped and continues to help many children’s book writers and illustrators get published. Mira has worked as an editor, art director, designer, university professor teaching kid lit writing and illustrating, as well as a literary agent. She has a PhD in Education and Cultural Studies with a focus on kid lit. While writing her 370 page dissertation on children’s literature, she developed a Pedagogy of Pleasure, Persistence, and Patience, which she has implemented throughout the Children’s Book Academy. Follow Mira on Twitter @ChildrensBookAc or see her personal website at Hillary and Mira have infused this course with tons of instruction, humor, heart and meaning for what will be a once in a lifetime experience.


Registering for Middle Grade Mastery is a genuinely useful investment in your career with a priceless return on this investment and it comes with a money back guarantee that if you fully participate and do the work, if at the end of a year you don’t feel that you learned a lot, we’ll give you your money back!

Talk Tomorrow,


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