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.