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.
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:
Write a proposal that doesn't end up in the slush pile
Evaluate what topics are teen cliches, and how to stay away from them
Know whether or not you need an agent and, if so, how to get one
Corey Ann Haydu has been working in children's publishing since 2009. She has worked for literary agencies, literary journals, book packaging companies, and a foreign scout specializing in bringing children's literature to foreign publishers. She has an MFA in Writing for Children from The New School. Her first novel, OCD Love Story came out July 2013 from Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster and has received three starred reviews, a YASLA BYFA nomination, and is a Junior Library Guild Selection. Her second novel, Life By Committee will be published by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins in May 2014. Find out more at coreyannhaydu.com