Mediabistro instructors are all active, working professionals at the top of their fields teaching the latest industry trends. Every class includes live interaction, personalized feedback, and a focus on completing professional-quality work.
Online classes have a dedicated instructor, assignments, live video discussions, and open forums. You’ll get a high level of attention and personalized feedback from your instructor while interacting with fellow students. If you can’t join live, discussions and materials are archived for you to view at any time.
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS You will need access to a computer and speakers or headphones to participate.
You've taken your young adult manuscript as far as you can, but there's another level to reach before securing a book deal. This workshop is for writers who are seeking to do the serious revision that will bring a good idea to its fullest realization.
In this intensive workshop -- limited to 12 students -- you'll hone your story arc, character development, setting, voice, point of view, level of diction, and every element of your manuscript. Each week you will receive detailed feedback from the instructor and your classmates as you work toward polishing your YA or middle grade manuscript for submission to agents and book publishers. You'll learn how to navigate the publishing world to be in the best position to get published.
This class is purely workshop-based and does not contain written lectures.
By the end of class, you will have:
Up to 80 polished pages of your young adult novel and steps for submitting it to literary agents.
This class is for students working toward a polished manuscript. Apply with a note to explain your interest in this topic and goals for the course. Please include a two-page writing sample.
Micol Ostow began her novel, Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa, when she was a student in the Mediabistro class she now teaches. That book was named a NYPL Book for the Teen Age. Her newest release, So Punk Rock (and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother), was named a Booklist Top Ten Arts Books for Youth of 2009 and Top Ten Religion Books for Youth of 2009 selection.
Most recently, Micol signed a two-book deal with Egmont US for her novel family, a fictionalized look at the Manson family murders of 1969, and an unnamed book project to come. She has written more than 40 published works for children, tweens, and teens.
Click here to listen to a podcast with Micol about writing and her YA course.
"Micol was a thorough, well-prepared, and joyful instructor. She openly shared her experiences as a writer."
"I had an idea for a book when I stepped into Micol's class, but she taught me how to flesh it out and make it into an actual novel.After a few of her classes and numerous revisions, I was able to send my book out into the world - and recently signed with an amazing literary agent!"
"I've been trying finish my book for years, and this class helped me focus on completing it. I've met several editors and agents through the class. None of this would have happened without Micol. Micol = Awesome."
"Micol is one of those teachers you're lucky to find. With her guidance, I landed a four book deal while taking her class."
"Micol is the best. If you're serious about writing a young adult novel, I highly recommend her course."
"Thanks to Micol's guidance, I've finished my novel and am shopping it to agents. I couldn't have done it without this class -- and especially Micol!"
"Micol inspires with her sense of story, her knowledge of the industry, and her ability to elicit the best. She takes students through a spin of her rolodex, inviting fellow published authors, editors, and marketers as guest speakers."
"I'm taking the class again because I've come to rely on all the great feedback she, and the class, gives."
"Micol's class is perfect for the writer that wants to walk away with a finished manuscript."
Alecia Whitaker Pace
"I'd recommend Micol's class in a heartbeat. By the end of the course, you'll have a huge number of pages, a good sense of the business, and a cadre of supportive and creative fellow writers."