Writing Young Adult Fiction
Instructor: Joy Preble
Young adult fiction is definitely in its Golden Age. Authors such as John Green, Jay Asher, Lauren Oliver, and Rainbow Rowell are household names, capturing the hearts of readers of all ages. Numerous films and television shows draw their source material from various YA novels, including contemporary, realistic fiction, as well as fantasy, paranormal, and thriller.
This five-hour workshop will present an overview of crafting novels for young adult readers. Our focus will be primarily on contemporary fiction, but we will touch on other genres, as well. Through studying and discussing mentor texts, we will explore craft elements such as setting, structure, point of view and plot, as well as voice and characterization. We will inquire into what makes a YA novel authentic, how to realistically capture the intense emotions--particularly the longing and inner conflict--that distinguish the teenage years. Participants will leave with a reading list of the best writing being accomplished in current YA fiction, as well as the basic tools needed to develop a story idea into a novel or to bring their existing manuscripts to the next level.
Come prepared to write new material inspired by prompts, or with an existing work in progress. Sharing will be encouraged, but optional.
TIME: Sunday, January 28th, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM, with a break for lunch
PRICE: Early-Bird until Tuesday, January 23rd: $75 for members, $85 for non-members; After January 23rd: $95 for members, $105 for non-members
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers