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Crafting a Dynamic Young Adult Voice

Date: 4/7/18

Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom

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

The YA writing community is still the fastest-growing market out there and is in many ways the torchbearer for inventive, progressive literature. Agents and publishers, however, bemoan the lack of original voices, as their inboxes are stuffed with the flat, cliche, "black-sheep-yet-the-chosen-one-with-a-heart-of-gold" protagonist.

How then, do we develop a compelling protagonist and capture the voice of a young person to entice readers? How do we determine the age, setting, time period, and background solely by their thoughts and language? How do we tap back into that period of turmoil, both internally and externally, without falling into tired tropes? How does the character and their tone inform the plot of the novel?

This class will benefit writers with a work-in-progress or those who are serious about writing a full-length, publishable manuscript. We will utilize excerpts from effective young adult novels, a lecture on crafting the voice, a discussion session, as well as workshopping on possible characters or beginnings of novels for personalized feedback.