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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

Introduction to the Young Adult Novel

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  • $305.00 Non-Member
  • $280.00 Member

Class Description

Do you often write from a young narrator’s point of view? Do you find yourself thinking about your childhood experiences? Are you drawn to coming of age stories? Maybe you should be writing novels for kids. In this workshop, you will be introduced to the rules that govern writing for middle grade and young adult audiences. We’ll do brainstorming exercises to explore your voice, read and discuss published middle grade and YA texts, and workshop student manuscripts. We’ll also discuss the importance of thinking like a kid, not as an adult looking back at childhood, as well as address important fiction writing components such as plot, setting, and character development. If you are looking for a supportive, engaging, and inspiring community, this is the workshop for you.

Scholarships Format/Location

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

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. 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!

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!