Writing the Young Adult Novel
WRIT S4323 - 3 POINTS
SESSION A: MAY 3–JUNE 18, 2021 - RACHEL CARTER
TUES THURS, 5:30PM - 8:40PM - ONLINE
Young Adult literature is one of the fastest growing and most marketable genres. The success of books like The Fault in Our Stars, Twilight, and The Hunger Games have brought YA into the spotlight, creating a boom in publishing and changing the way we view coming-of-age stories. This course will introduce students to the elements and techniques that go into crafting a successful young adult novel. We’ll study work from a wide range of YA authors, including Angi Thomas, Leigh Bardugo, Jason Reynolds, A.S. King, Elizabeth Acevedo, and more. Students will begin crafting their own unique YA novel, develop a comprehensive outline, write the first two-three chapters of a novel, and leave with a stronger understanding of YA literature. We’ll also explore larger elements of fiction writing, including narrative arcs, character construction, worldbuilding, and scene work.
Because writing doesn’t exist in a vacuum, students will share their work, develop strong workshopping skills, and participate in active discussions about the industry and the current state of publishing. Most of all we will write, read, and discuss in an open forum as we begin the process of writing an original YA novel.
Columbia students do not need to apply, but they do need to register. All visiting students will need to apply to the School of Professional Studies and register upon acceptance.