Teen Buzz: Writing Great Young Adult Fiction
- March 4, 2017
- 10:00 AM
- End Time:
- 4:00 PM
- NSW Writers' Centre, Callan Park, Lilyfield
In this exciting and practical one day workshop, presented by well-known YA author Sophie Masson, you’ll discover what makes good Young Adult fiction—both novels and short stories—and how it differs from children’s books as well as writing for adults.
Firstly, we’ll cover how to identify your market. We’ll explore currently popular genres within YA, especially contemporary realism and speculative fiction (fantasy, paranormal, dystopian, alternative history etc) and cover some key questions: what’s hot right now? What might be coming next? What about the influence of ‘gatekeepers’—i.e. adult buyers, reviewers, librarians, parents? And finally, we’ll learn what publishers are looking for in the current market—and how to meet market expectations without sacrificing your individual voice.
Then, through a series of fun and useful exercises, you’ll find out how to sharpen and pitch your individual writing for YA readers.