Young Adult Novel Writing

Write your YA book with a best-selling author

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  • Discussions Wednesdays 8-9pm 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:

  • 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
  • Write for teens without being condescending
  • Evaluate your story arc for a teen audience

By the end of class, you will have:

A complete first draft of your YA  novel.

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. She recently sold her debut middle grade novel, Rules for Stealing Stars, to Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Collins.  Find out more at

  • "Corey Ann Haydu is a savvy, kind, and knowledgeable writer you want on your side. She's smart about the industry and understands what makes good writing. She'll take you where you are and, with smart, actionable feedback, push you forward, all the while cheering you on."

    Jennifer Maschari

  • "Corey was incredible. Not only a truly gifted writer, she is a talented, insightful, thoughtful and helpful instructor. She really cared about the class and students and the words we wrote. If we were having an off week, she understood and helped us get over hurdles and stay on track. She was a great champion and cheerleader, too. Such a joy to come to "class.""

    sarah monson