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Why Write YA? - Remote!

Saturday, November 20th, 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

Is that story idea you've been chewing on meant for young adults or adults? How do you figure out if a novel is *about* youth or *for* youth anyway? In this seminar, we'll explore common myths, half-truths, and confusions about writing for young adults, arriving at a clearer definition of what young adult fiction is and is not. We'll also explore reasons to love writing for young adults. Through guided writing prompts and discussion, participants will have a chance to uncover and expand upon potential YA novel ideas in their own literary sandbox and then vet those concepts with peers to decide whether an idea is truly YA or potentially something else.

This class will include very brief excerpts of YA and adult novels (to help us with our definitions) as well as a recommended reading list of diverse YA novels to take home and enjoy.

This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.


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Katie Bayerl
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