Coming of Age on the Page: A One-Day Crash Course in How to Write & Sell YA Fiction w/Laura Goode, Saturday, 4/21

Instructor: Laura Goode
Number of sessions: 1
Meeting time:  Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm
Dates: Saturday, April 21

Course fee: $165, with $50 deposit

To register, contact the instructor. All deposits are nonrefundable.

Description: The 2000s may well be regarded as young adult literature’s golden age, with YA sales surpassing all other literary genres and YA subject matter veering increasingly into the risky and new. This day-long workshop will serve as a primer on how to tone and sell your first (or next) novel for young adults. We’ll examine many of the questions faced by all fictioneers, such as how to plot, pace, structure, and populate an engrossing novel, and interrogate others more particular to YA: How does an author make a story accessible to young readers without dumbing it down? What is the responsibility of the YA author in distinguishing between the issues young readers need to see reflected on the page, and issues they’re not ready to handle? What role does gender play in the YA market? Why and how can young adult literature appeal to both teens and adults?

We’ll spend the day attending to three distinct aspects of creating an effective proposal for a young adult novel: a tight synopsis of your story, finely tuned writing, and a convincing query letter about the project for an agent or editor. Participants are invited to bring any part of a completed, in-progress, or proposed YA novel–such as a sample chapter, or a one-page or one-sentence synopsis–and we’ll workshop each student’s materials. If all you have so far is the beginning of a great idea, fear not–bring it to class and we’ll take it from there. The course fee includes lunch and other sustenance for hungry minds.

Bio: Laura Goode’s debut novel for young adults, Sister Mischief, was released by Candlewick Press in 2011. Her poems and essays have appeared in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, The Rumpus, The Faster Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Inquiry, Dossier, Slope, and other publications, and she is currently producing her first feature film, Farah Goes Bang. Visit her website at