Writing YA fiction - ONLINE COURSE - May!
Writing Young Adult - including a sample copy-edit on your work from a Senior Editor
with Simmone Howell
28 May - 25 June 2020 (5 weeks)
Course fee: $ 550/$ 467.50 alumni
Young Adult Fiction, or 'YA', spans almost every genre, from fantasy to crime to romantic comedy, from covering dystopian worlds to LGBTQ lives. A relatively recent invention, YA is both controversial and hugely popular, with many books surging up bestseller lists and snapping up major film deals.
In this five-week course, we will ask what makes a book a YA book, and what makes a YA book stand out in the market. 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. Your tutor will walk you through styles, genres and approaches, with a particular focus on making your writing work for you, so that you can stay the distance.
Featuring special guests throughout the course, this is a rare opportunity to develop your writing in real time, with writing and editing experts alike, while gaining new skills you can carry with you for the rest of your career.
This program will also include the rare opportunity have a sample of your work copy-edited by a Senior Editor who specialises in editing YA. You will work towards providing a 2000-3000 word piece, which will receive two rounds of revisions returned to you following the conclusion of the course.
About the tutor:
Simmone Howell’s internationally published award-winning YA novels include Notes from the Teenage Underground (2007), Girl Defective (2013) and the 2018 CBCA Book of the Year Take Three Girls (a collaborative novel with Fiona Wood and Cath Crowley). Her non-fiction on houses, pop-culture, maps and memories has been published in Spectrum, Overland, Kill Your Darlings and Dumbo Feather. She is currently undertaking a PhD at LaTrobe University on life-writing and coming of age narratives.
The course consists of 5 x evening sessions 6.30 - 8.30 pm Thursday evenings PLUS copy-edit at the conclusion of the course.
What is YA fiction? What are the rules (are there rules?) In this class we explore the shifting state of YA and where our place might be within it.
Plotting, mapping. In this class we look at different approaches to plotting your novel and refining your story concept.
Character. How do we create an authentic young adult voice? How can we effectively ‘write back’ to the big emotions of coming of age? How to use your own secret knowledge to create story.
Setting & world-building. Place is character; even realism requires world-building - so what are the ways we can bring what’s in our heads onto the page?
The micro & the macro. In this class we look at the big picture - narrative arc - and the little details - language, style, the perfect sentence in the perfect scene.