Thursday, January 13, 2011

Writing the Teen Novel with Suzanne Selfors

Walk into any bookstore and you'll notice the young adult section has doubled. Teenagers are reading! And there’s a variety of styles and subjects—it’s not just about vampires. While stories vary, at the heart of every teen novel is the coming-of-age theme. Using popular YA novels as examples, this class will explore the unique aspects of writing for teens. We’ll discuss concerns such as “Do I have to sound like a teenager?” “Should I worry about trends?” and “How do I get in touch with my inner teen?” Each class will be a blend of lecture and workshop. Writers of all levels are welcome, but a first chapter of a work-in-progress is required. The instructor and class members will read the chapters before discussion in the workshop sessions. Students will receive a written critique from the instructor.

Students should mail up to 12 double-spaced pages from their first chapters along with their application. Before class begins, students will be notified as to how many copies to bring to the first class.

There are four sessions; Thursday, Feb. 24 and March 3, 10, and 17, from 7-9 p.m. at the Library Meeting Room, at the Bainbridge Public Library (1270 Madison Avenue N., Bainbridge Island). Cost is $160. To register, or for more information visit the Fields' End website.


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