Writing the Young Adult Novel
WRIT S4323 - 3 points
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.
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