YA RESOURCES

WRITING YOUNG ADULT FICTION RESOURCE LIST - 

Simmone Howell 2020


This is a gathering of articles and websites for anyone who wants to get a handle on young adult fiction, or anyone who is thinking they might want to have go at writing it. 


WEBSITES

Love OzYA

An initiative to increase promotion of Australian YA books in a market dominated by US titles and film tie-ins.

https://loveozya.com.au/

https://ozauthors.online/


CBCA - Children’s Book Council of Australia - https://cbca.org.au/

Every year the CBCA puts out a list of Notable books - what they consider to be the best childrens and Young Adult fiction titles.

Here’s this year’s titles: https://cbca.org.au/notables-2020


Inside a Dog - INKY AWARDS (A great website and inititative from the State LIbrary of Victoria that’s currently ‘under development’.

https://insideadog.com.au/the-inky-awards/


ALA - American Library Association - 

(Booklists and Printz winners)

http://www.ala.org/aboutala/


Discussing the portrayal of disability in children’s and YA literature

http://disabilityinkidlit.com/


We Need Diverse Books - articles, Q&A’s, reviews, initiatives to support and promote diversity in children’s and YA literature

https://diversebooks.org/



ARTICLES


What is YA?

https://alienonion.blogspot.com/2009/02/what-is-ya.html?fbclid=IwAR1EeTdU04MpncdGvnmqTZWpFxMn07JRMjU2OH88uJatV7OAfc8DkLRTm-Y


Genre is not Readership

https://www.killyourdarlings.com.au/2014/12/young-adult-literature-genre-is-not-readership/?fbclid=IwAR3aL1UNlRlfL-I97JUbmneBGzO9am91BsVZ1YD_Sa2w_WnhSYUx2H7ljkg


On Literary YA

https://sydneyreviewofbooks.com/review/fox-how-it-feels-to-float/


What Does Young Adult mean

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2012/04/what-does-young-adult-mean/329105/ 


Exploring Dark Themes in YA - Matt Davies

https://allisontait.com/2019/02/industry-insider-exploring-dark-themes-in-ya-fiction/


Simmone howell - Forever 40 Years Later (sex in YA) - 

https://www.killyourdarlings.com.au/article/forever-forty-years-later/


Won’t someone think of the boys - Lili Wilkinson

https://overland.org.au/2017/11/wont-someone-think-of-the-boys/


Being a Teenager is Surreal - an interview with A.S King

https://www.booklistreader.com/2016/10/11/young-adult-literature/being-a-teenager-is-surreal-an-interview-with-a-s-king/


A list of frequenlt challenged YA books:

http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/YAbooks


On The Fault in Our Stars and dark themes in YA

https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/hollywood-hippie-shailene-woodley-is-so-hot-right-now-but-shes-all-like-meh/news-story/31898ef900e2fb0ad0dfe7dbab24f714


SOME THEORY


Growing up in Theory - Karen Coats

http://seanconnors.net/cied5683/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Coats-2010.pdf


The Irony of Narration in the Young Adult Novel - Mike Cadden

http://www.longwood.edu/staff/miskecjm/irony.pdf


OWN VOICES


The Expectation that we be Educators: 

http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/2020/02/the-expectations-that-we-be-educators-the-views-of-australian-authors-of-young-adult-fiction-on-their-ownvoices-novels-as-windows-for-learning-about-marginalized-experiences/


Privilege and Literature - Ambelin Kwaymullina

https://loveozya.com.au/love/privilege-and-literature-three-myths-created-by-misdiagnosing-a-lack-of-indigenous-voices-and-other-diverse-voices-as-a-diversity-problem-by-ambelin-kwaymullina/



Diversity in Children’s Publishing - Rebecca LIm - https://www.smh.com.au/culture/books/rebecca-lim-i-write-to-give-my-children-a-face-in-society-20191014-p530er.html



Posts on what publishers, teachers, festivals, literary journals, and bloggers can do to support Indigenous books - Ambelin Kwaymullina

http://alphareader.blogspot.com/search/label/Ambelin%20Kwaymullina%20%20guest%20post




PODCASTS


Keeping a Notebook - Nina LaCour - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/keeping-a-notebook/id1440113860

First Draft with Sarah Enni -) https://www.firstdraftpod.com/home

The First Time - Poppy Nwosu and Sonya Bates - https://audioboom.com/posts/7599626-conversations-with-friends-9-poppy-nwosu-and-sonya-bates

The First Time - Shivaun Plozza and Wai Chim - https://thefirsttimepodcast.com/2020/04/17/conversations-with-friends-2-shivaun-plozza-and-wai-chim/

Unladylike Podcast - On Friendship - Simmone Howell, Fiona Wood, Cath Crowley - 

https://audioboom.com/posts/4719136-on-friendship-cath-crowley-simmone-howell-fiona-wood

Unladylike Podcast - On World Building - Amie Kaufman & C.S Pacat

https://audioboom.com/posts/6916371-on-world-building-amie-kaufman-c-s-pacat

Unladylike Podcast - On Characters - Lili Wilkinson & Sarah Dollard

https://audioboom.com/posts/7104720-on-characters-sarah-dollard-and-lili-wilkinson

The First Time - Will Kostakis

https://thefirsttimepodcast.com/2019/10/28/tax-and-will-kostakis-on-doing-school-visits-and-not-doing-school-visits-controversy/

The First Time - Mark Smith

https://thefirsttimepodcast.com/2019/08/28/writers-groups-mark-smith-on-confidence-school-visits-writing-trilogies/


FORM & STYLE


Fantasy Worldbuilding list by Patricia K. Wrede

https://www.sfwa.org/2009/08/04/fantasy-worldbuilding-questions/


How to plot using Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat beat sheet

https://www.savannahgilbo.com/blog/plotting-save-the-cat


The Snowflake Method for Designing a Novel

https://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/articles/snowflake-method/


The Seven Basic Plots - Voyage and Return

https://thewritepractice.com/voyage-and-return/


The Heroine's Journey

https://mythcreants.com/blog/using-the-heroines-journey/


How to Write the First Draft of a novel in 30 days - Karen Weisner

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/oct/20/writing-your-novel-30-days-method


PRIZES/FELLOWSHIPS


The Text Prize

https://www.textpublishing.com.au/text-prize


The Ampersand Prize (Hardie Grant)

https://www.hardiegrant.com/au/egmont/ampersand-prize#:~:text=Hardie%20Grant%20Egmont%20Award%202018,YA%20novel%2C%20What%20it%20Takes.


Matilda Children's Literature Prize (Harper Collins)

https://www.harpercollins.com.au/thematildaprize/


Varune Affirm Mentorship

https://www.varuna.com.au/fellowships/affirm


Writer/Illustrator Mentorships ASA (Australian Society Authors)

https://www.asauthors.org/services/award-mentorships-2


Maurice Saxby Creative Development Program

https://vic.cbca.org.au/maurice-saxby-creative-development-program-2


Black & Write Fellowships

https://www.slq.qld.gov.au/get-involved/fellowships-awards-residencies/blackwrite/blackwrite-writing-fellowships


Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award

https://www.killyourdarlings.com.au/2020/03/the-2020-kyd-unpublished-manuscript-award-is-now-open/


The Richell Prize

https://www.hachette.com.au/richell-prize/




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