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Writing the YA Novel :: April 2019

:: Online w/ Writespace (Details TBA)

You are so ready to write a young adult novel. Or maybe you’ve already written one, but you’re not quite sure you’ve figured out how to rock this genre. What makes a YA novel YA? How mature can a YA be? (i.e. How much cursing can you get away with? Can characters get hot and heavy on the page, or do you always need to fade to black? What about violence or intense subject matter like rape or drug use?) You might not be sure if you’ve written a YA or a middle grade—perhaps your book feels way less dark than a lot of the stuff you see on the shelves.

Have no fear: by the end of this class, you’ll know your way around the YA writers’ world. Together, we’ll be doing a deep dive into the genre, talking about the “rules” and how and when you can break them, what agents and editors (and readers) are looking for when they pick up a YA novel, and what craft elements stand out the most. We’ll touch a bit on trends and we’ll be looking at all the sub-genres within the genre (contemporary, fantasy, sci-fi / speculative, horror, etc.).

In addition to reading and analyzing the first chapter of several different YA’s, we’ll be using Jandy Nelson’s The Sky Is Everywhere to get a good look into how to write, think, and feel teen. In addition to lectures and writing exercises, there will be craft reading selections so that you can put all that you’re learning into practice. You’ll walk away with loads of resources to continue your study of all aspects of the genre long after our class is over.

This course is designed for writers of any level who are eager to learn about the YA genre. Please be prepared to spend at least three hours a week on short reading assignments, your own writing, and online discussion. We will also be workshopping the first chapter of your YA novel (any genre within YA is fine), so have something ready to go before the class. You’ll be part of a supportive, fun, and inspiring community, so don’t be shy to share your work. This is how we figure out how to do this writing thing!

I’ll post the link for the sign-ups as soon as it’s live. If you’re on my newsletter list, you’ll get that in your inbox.

LEVEL: Beginner to Advanced

Mindfulness Immersion For Writers :: Oct. 2019

The next Mindfulness Immersion for Writers will be October 2019! You can find out more about the course, which runs twice-yearly, here. If you’d like to work one-on-one with me, I do this course with individuals, which is SUPER powerful and effective awesome. If you’re interested in working one-on-one, please email me. If you have a group of your own - a writer’s group, etc. - and you’re interested in having a group course tailored for you, contact me and we can chat about that, too. That sounds like great fun.


Revision Intensive :: Nov. / Dec 2018 :: Online w/ Writespace

I'll be teaching a month-long revision intensive this November online with Writespace. This is for all levels and limited to 12 writers. If you don't know, I'm OBSESSED with revision and love it to the moon and back, and I'm so excited to explore this sticky topic with you. Because it's online, you can fit this into your own schedule. Nice, right? :)

More about the course:

This workshop will explore strategies for approaching revision for all genres in fiction, as well as give writers the opportunity to put them into practice. Participants will have the chance to revise the first chapter of their work-in-progress with the instructor as the workshop begins, and then receive feedback from the group on this revision before going once more into the breach. We'll also be digging into how to deal with our inner critics and some of the other psychological stumbling blocks that often come up for writers during revision. Through lively online discussion, challenging exercises, and invigorating reading assignments, we’ll begin to see why revision is what real writing is all about. Warning: you just might fall in love with it.

This course is suitable for all levels. However, it is an intensive and may be best suited for intermediate students who've been writing for a while. Participants will need to have at least the first chapter of their works-in-progress finished before the workshop begins. Bonus points for those who have a complete manuscript and are using this course to kick-start or boost their revision process. We'll be looking at revising scenes and chapters, as well as what revising an entire work might look like, though it will not be necessary for participants to have a finished book. This will be a warm, fun, engaging environment--as Michelangelo himself said, "I am still learning." We will all still be learning, so all are welcome!

You can sign up for the course here.

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Get in touch to find out about custom group classes for 3 or more: perfect for writer's groups! I curate a class just for you that we do online together.