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

The Emotional Rollercoaster: Plotting the Young Adult Novel

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  • $65.00 Non-Member
  • $55.00 Member

Class Description

What’s the first word you think of when you hear “teenager?” It begins with a D... Yes, DRAMA. Teenage drama, while tortuous to navigate as a teen or the parent of a teen, is rife with the stuff of good fiction. Teenagers are interesting. And dramatic. Which is, in part, why we’re seeing such a boom in the production of fiction for and about them.

In this workshop we will:
• quickly discuss the definition of young adult fiction, breaking down some of the key elements of the genre;
• get to know a little bit about YA readers, who can be far more sophisticated than you might think;
• discuss the YA story structure in terms of creating emotional highs and lows for characters you want to root for.

Come with your YA story idea. Ultimately, you will create your own emotional rollercoaster for your characters by creating plot points that will drive the emotional highs and lows of your story. This should set you on your path to writing your outline and entire book.

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!