The honest, everyday struggles of Judy Blume’s characters resonate with millions of readers. Now, she’s your instructor. Judy invites you to discover your own process by hearing what worked for her.
2. Judy’s Childhood
Judy was an anxious kid and used stories she invented as companions and a creative outlet. Hear her talk about the early beginnings of her rich imagination.
3. Finding Ideas - Part 1
Judy believes the most powerful stories come from within, yet writers need to be highly attuned to the world around them. She shares her process for identifying and developing strong ideas.
4. Finding Ideas - Part 2
Judy discusses the highly personal calculation every writer will make about whether to raid their own lives for material. She also talks about the importance of letting ideas percolate before committing them to paper.
5. Idea Case Studies
Judy shares the inspiration behind some of her most iconic and enduring books and characters: Margaret, Fudge, and Blubber.
6. Writing for Younger Readers - Part 1
Learn how to tap into the childhood version of yourself to authentically relate to younger readers. Kids have big questions and want their lives reflected in the books they read.
7. Writing for Younger Readers - Part 2
Give kids credit—they understand more than you think. Judy explains that authors should never write as adults talking to children.
8. In the Unlikely Event Case Study - Part 1
Judy deconstructs how she researched her sprawling novel, which she based on series of unbelievable-yet-true events that happened in her hometown when she was a teenager.
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