Summer Writing Course | Writing the Young Adult Novel

3 points
Session 1 (May 23-July 1), TTh, 10AM-12:10PM
Instructor: Carley Moore

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Young adult fiction is a popular and still-growing category in book publishing that encompasses all genres—fantasy, paranormal, romance, historical, science fiction, dystopian, coming-of-age realism, literary fiction, and more. YA books are written for a core audience of teenagers, but their reach often crosses over to adult readers, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green being well-known recent examples. What most YA novels have in common are a teenage protagonist and a sense of immediacy—beyond that, anything goes.

In this workshop we will read critically-acclaimed and best-selling young adult novelists including Nnedi Okorafor, Nancy Osa, Laura Ruby, Neal Shusterman, Noelle Stevenson, and Akira Yoshimura.  We will also embark on writing our own young adult novels, with an eye towards generating scenes and chapters, character development, dialogue, point of view, voice, setting, and radical revision.  Weekly writing workshops will guide each writer towards the best way to tell his or her story. 

By the end of the course, each student will have up to three chapters of an original young adult novel and a partial outline on their novel-in-progress.  In addition, we’ll touch on practical matters such as finding an agent and what to expect when working with an editor and a publisher.  We’ll attend a least one reading together outside of class and invite published authors to our class to share their experiences on craft, audience, and getting published.

Tuition & Fees
The 2016 rate for current degree seeking students and visiting students is $1630 per point. Students enrolled in postbaccalaureate and certification programs can review tuition and fees here.
Materials Fee: $20
For questions about School of the Arts summer courses, including those concerning admissions, registration, and billing, please contact the School of Professional Studies summer team at, or 212-854-9666. With questions about specific course content, please contact Writing Departmental Representative Dorothea Lasky at

About the Instructor
Carley Moore is the author of the young adult novel, The Stalker Chronicles (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2012).  Her poetry and essays have been published in American Poetry Review, Brainchild, The Brooklyn Rail, Guts, The Establishment, Fence, The Journal of Popular Culture, Linebreak, The Nervous Breakdown, and Public Books.  Currently, she’s working on a debut novel, Gold Star and a collection of personal essays, 13 Pills.  Carley is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Writing in the Global Liberal Studies Program at New York University and a Senior Associate at Bard College’s Institute for Writing and Thinking. To see more of her work, visit her website.
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