Writing the Young Adult Novel

Are you new to writing fiction for young adults? Do you want to learn how to write a young adult book and break into the market? Let Writing the Young Adult Novel be your guide. When you take this workshop, you’ll get step-by-step instruction on writing for young adults and learn how to sell your novel.

You’ll learn everything you need to know for writing young adult fiction, including what readers look for, the importance of plot, theme, and setting, how to craft entertaining dialogue, and much more. Plus, gain insight into the submission process and what it takes to succeed in publishing. You’ll come away from this eight-week workshop with the skills and know-how to craft a successful young fiction novel.



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Workshop Length:

8 weeks

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  • The elements of fiction
  • How to develop complex teen characters your readers can relate to
  • How to craft convincing dialogue
  • The relationship between character, plot, and setting
  • Techniques for outlining your novel
  • Practical editing tips
  • How to write a query letter to an agent
  • How to promote your young adult novel

Who should take this workshop:

  • Individuals who want to explore the young adult fiction genre
  • Fiction writers who want to develop their idea for a young adult novel



Session One: The Teenage Perspective

  • Workshop Introduction
  • YA FAQ
  • Creating believable and compelling teen protagonists
  • Understanding the teen perspective
  • Exploring POV

Session Two: Say What?: Developing Dialogue

  • Writing convincing and compelling dialogue
  • Using dialogue to reveal character
  • Dialogue dos and don’ts

Session Three: Love, Angst, Hate: Exploring Emotions

  • Conveying emotion through physical description
  • Using scenes of flashback
  • Utilizing action to reveal character depth

Session Four: Plotting the Plot, Setting the Setting

  • Using your character’s motivation to propel the plot
  • The believability factor and your teen audience
  • Using setting to reveal character mood and set the tone

Session Five: Charting Your Novel: Beginnings and Endings

  • Thinking about the general structure of a novel
  • The function and purpose of novel beginning and endings
  • Writing compelling novel openings
  • Crafting reflective, conclusive endings

Session Six: Charting Your Novel, Part II: Stuck in the Middle

  • The purpose and function of novel middles
  • Developing conflict
  • Signposting your novel
  • Pacing and the YA novel

Session Seven: Become Your Own Editor

  • Reading as your target audience would
  • Finding outside readers
  • Evaluating and revising scenes
  • Tips on your first words and your last ones

Session Eight: Querying, Submitting, and Publishing, Oh, My!

  • Examining traditional publishing versus self-publishing
  • The role of agents and editors
  • How to write an effective query letter
  • Submitting your manuscript

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