Middle Grade/Young Adult Books

Children’s fiction has evolved into a rich landscape of increasingly complex topics, with narrators who truly inhabit the interior life of young people. This course will take a deep-dive into the characteristics of contemporary children's literature, with specific focus on middle grade (ages 8-12) and young adult (12+) novels. Students will explore craft through the lens of MG and YA fiction and learn how to master elements of writing like character development, voice, and theme and the special roles they play in MG and YA storytelling. MG and YA are a unique segments of the publishing industry; participants will gain a greater understanding of what sets them apart, including their particular joys and challenges. Interactive participation is encouraged, and writing prompts will be assigned throughout. Ideal for MG and YA writers of all levels.

It’s a very informative class and really helps you get to know your characters.
Nina Mata

Intensives are fun, fast crash courses.

Middle Grade/Young Adult Books

Two-day Zoom Intensive

Place & Price

  • Zoom: real-time videoconference  info
    tuition: $165

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

The Zoom Intensives are taught via the Zoom videoconference platform.

Middle Grade/Young Adult Intensive topics include: character, voice, plot, pacing, revision.

Course components: lectures, writing exercises

Intensives are open for writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

Students may reschedule a Zoom Intensive one time.

Upcoming dates to be announced.