Student Jake Gerhardt has landed a two-book deal with Viking Books for Young Readers to publish his middle grade novels Me & Miranda Mullaly and Me & My Future Ex-Girlfriend. Me & Miranda Mullaly, about three eighth-grade boys and their lovelorn pursuit of Miranda, will be out in January 2016.

Jake has taken several courses with Laurel van der Linde, and says that the Writers’ Program “has been an essential and integral part of my growth in becoming a writer, and allowed me to take chances and learn different forms and styles. Most importantly, my instructors and classmates have helped offer encouragement and criticism to create the stories I’ve always dreamed of writing. And I’m still taking classes to hone these skills.”

Congratulations, Jake!

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