Description of Class
Whether you’re already writing YA or want to get started, this 6-week class will give you a solid understanding of the essential elements and challenges that go into crafting young adult characters and writing YA.
We’ll dig deep into character development, exploring what it takes to create a compelling and believable YA protagonist and other young adult characters. We’ll explore how backstory, relationships, and setting can shape character motivation, and learn how to achieve authenticity by tapping into our own histories and using research.
The class will also examine common challenges faced by writers of young adult fiction. We’ll explore how to avoid stereotypes and imposing overt morals on our story, as well as the tendency to be too nice to our characters. Through this exploration, we’ll tackle that crucial teen voice, staying true to character without being too simplistic or talking down to readers.
Students will develop profiles for their characters, draft short scenes, and complete other writing exercises that can be used to launch new work or deepen an existing project. The class is perfect for those with experience writing for young adults or who are curious and want to dig deeper into YA fiction.
What You’ll Learn:
- How to create compelling and believable teen characters
- Strategies for capturing an authentic teen voice
- An exploration of different challenges unique to writing YA
What You’ll Write:
- Character profiles to better understand and deepen your protagonists
- Weekly exercises to practice writing scenes and capturing voice
What You’ll Read:
- Published excerpts of young adult work
- Websites and blogs focused on young adult literature