(Online) The Craft of Young Adult Fiction

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Young adult fiction (YA) is a genre of rising popularity in the writing industry. Its definition is growing to expand a wide range of engaging, complex writing for teens and beyond. But what does writing YA actually look like, and how can you make your YA stand out in front of an agent or editor? In this course, we’ll explore some of the key components that set this genre apart and make for good craft in YA writing. We’ll partake in exercises to strengthen our own craft, while also reading and dissecting specific YA books for what they do well (and in some cases, perhaps not as well). We’ll discuss the revision process as well as the business of pitching and finding the right agent for your work. If you have a work-in-progress, you will have multiple opportunities to get feedback on excerpts of your manuscript.

About Meg Eden

Meg Eden's work is published or forthcoming in magazines including Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Crab Orchard Review, RHINO, and CV2. She teaches creative writing at Anne Arundel Community College and the M.A. program at Southern New Hampshire University. She is the author of five poetry chapbooks, the novel Post-High School Reality Quest (2017), and the forthcoming poetry collection Drowning in the Floating World (2020). She runs the Magfest MAGES Library blog, which posts accessible academic articles about video games. Find her online at www.megedenbooks.com or on Twitter at @ConfusedNarwhal.

Teaching style: Meg is relaxed and conversational as a workshop leader. Her goal is to cover the material most important to her students, so there are plenty of opportunities for questions, and focusing on questions and material students care most about.


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