Introduction to Writing Young Adult Fiction w/ Gwenda Bond
Young Adult, or YA, fiction is a much loved and frequently misunderstood category. In this class led by New York Times bestselling author Gwenda Bond, we’ll be leaving aside the arguments about whether YA literature is a genre, a marketing term, both or neither, to focus on the craft elements that the best YA shares in common. YA is uniquely focused on experiences and stories told through teen characters. We’ll talk about how that immediacy impacts the writing and work through readings, group discussions, and exercise prompts to analyze and unlock methods of finding that authentic teen voice in your work. We’ll also talk about structure and pacing. All this will culminate in a final YA manuscript that will be marked by the instructor.
Whether you’re someone who’s been working on your YA novel for some time or just curious to learn more about it, this class is designed to make you engage more deeply with what it means to write YA fiction. This three week class is completely asynchronous so you can work on it on your own time.