Designing the YA Novel: Going Beyond a Three-Act Structure

Date: 2/17/18

Location: The Loft at Open Book

Day of the Week: Saturday

Time: 9:00 - 12:00 pm

Ages: Adult

Class Level: Intermediate

Genre: Children's and Young Adult Literature

• Regular: $52.50
• Member: $47.25
• Low-Income: $36.75

You've got an idea for a book. You've daydreamed, you've brainstormed, maybe you've even done some research. Your characters are starting to come alive, and your fingers are itching to tell a story, but something's stopping you. (Or, you've started writing, but now you're stuck.) Maybe the beginning's not right. Perhaps there's a big black hole in the middle of your plot. Or maybe, just maybe, there isn't much of a plot at all.

We'll look beyond a basic three-act structure and delve into what it takes to design a strong story, building a one-sentence summary into a large-scale framework for your novel. We'll also talk about what goes into a compelling beginning that hooks readers and doesn't let them go, using examples from popular YA fiction. We'll leave with a clear understanding of how to take a percolating story and build it into a full-fledged outline or synopsis, giving us the freedom (and maybe the courage) to simply start writing. This class is best suited for intermediate writers who already have an idea for a novel and need to clarify their plot or opening chapter.