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.
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About Meg Eden
Meg Eden is a 2020 Pitch Wars mentee, and teaches creative writing at Anne Arundel Community College. She is the author of the 2021 Towson Prize for Literature winning poetry collection Drowning in the Floating World (Press 53, 2020) and children’s novels, most recently Good Different (Scholastic, 2023). 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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