Young Adult Novel Writing

Write your YA book with the help of a published author

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  • Thursdays 6:45-9:45pm ET, 12 sessions full schedule

We live in the golden age of young adult literature, with young people buying books at the fastest rate in decades. Think Hunger Games, Twilight, or Harry Potter. YA novels are now respected as important money-makers at publishing houses, and they win honors such as the Printz, Newbery, and National Book Awards.

The goal of this class is to finish your YA or middle grade novel in 12 weeks.

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • How to write a proposal that doesn't end up in the slush pile
  • What topics are teen cliches, and how to stay away from them
  • Whether or not you need an agent and, if so, how to get one
  • How to write for teens without being condescending
  • How to evaluate your story arc for a teen audience

By the end of class, you will have:

A complete first draft of your YA novel.

Crissa-Jean Chappell's debut novel Total Constant Order (HarperTeen) is a NYPL Book For The Teen Age, a Florida Book Award medalist, and a VOYA Perfect Ten. More Than Good Enough (Flux) is her most recent novel, which Kirkus calls, "compelling and emotionally nuanced." Chappell holds an MFA in screenwriting and a PhD in interdisciplinary studies, and has taught both creative writing and film classes for over ten years. When she misses her home in South Florida, she talks to the wild parrots in Prospect Park.