YA/MG Novel Builder: Online

8 weeks online; no live meetings. Portal opens March 27th
Level: For Everyone
This class is full

Are you writing a young adult or middle grade novel and need weekly deadlines to keep you moving forward? This eight-week online YA/MG novel writing workshop is open to writers at all draft stages and experience levels. The main goal of the course is to generate new scenes or revise existing scenes. Prior to the start of class, each student will select 3 mentor text YA or MG novels of the student’s choice (please select novels published within the last 5 years and read them before the start of class). Each week, you will complete exercises and respond to prompts relating to your selected mentor texts, complete weekly writing assignments, and engage in craft discussions within cohort groups. Each student may also take advantage of the opportunity to have one polished YA/MG novel excerpt workshopped by the class and instructor. Students will leave the class with at least six new or significantly revamped novel scenes. Please know that students should expect to devote 4-5 hours/week to this class. 

*Note that while our handy dandy "Schedule" tab states a 6-7pm class time, there are actually no live meetings for this class! Assignments will be given on a weekly basis and students will be able to access the portal at anytime after 5pm on the first day of class. Instructions for logging onto the online portal will be emailed to registered students before 5pm the first day of class. 

Did you know that we have scholarships available for all GrubStreet classes? To apply, click the "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button in the top right corner of this page. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your scholarship application and await our Scholarship Committee's decision before registering for the class. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

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Holly Thompson
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Previous Students Say


  • Computer or Tablet Recommended
  • Writing Homework
  • Lecture
  • Workshop
  • Instructor Feedback
  • In-Class Writing
  • Craft Lessons
  • Generate New Work


  • The Novel
  • Young Adult & Children's Literature

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