Writing Young Adult Fiction


Allen & Unwin - Sydney
83 Alexander St
Crows Nest NSW 2065
(Please note access is via stairs)
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Course fee: $295 (inc. GST)

Young Adult Fiction, or 'YA', spans almost every genre, from fantasy to crime to romantic comedy, from dystopian to LGBTQ to steampunk. A relatively recent invention, YA is both controversial and hugely popular, with books like The Fault in our Stars and Divergent surging up bestseller lists and snapping up major film deals.

In this one-day course, we will ask what makes a book a YA book, and what makes a YA book shine. We'll discuss techniques for drawing on your own young adult self, at the same time as writing fiction that is fresh and immediate for contemporary readers. We'll workshop ideas for planning, plotting and polishing, and consider tips on publishing.

In YA, voice and character are pivotal; this course will suggests methods for writing teen protagonists who fly off the page and, if you are lucky, write your novel for you.

The course includes:

• A full day's intensive tuition from 10am - 4pm
• Lunch and regular tea and coffee breaks
• A complimentary copy of a recent A&U publication

There are limited places available on this course. Book soon to avoid disappointment.