Online: Writing YA

Wai Chim

Wednesday 9 November to Tuesday 15 November 2022, online

Full Price: $210
Member: $155
Conc Member: $135

Do you have a great idea for a young adult novel, but you’re not sure where to start, or how to write YA? How do you know if your story is YA, middle grade or something else entirely?

Join children’s and YA writer Wai Chim for a practical discovery workshop that will help you understand how you can strengthen your YA story idea into a first draft.

Through writing exercises and prompts, you’ll workshop your idea, delve into how to create deeper and more engaging characters, and find your authentic and unique voice that will hook teen readers. Finally, Wai will answer your burning questions on the publishing industry, social media and other aspects of being a modern author.

This course takes place online. Is this course right for you? Read our FAQ>>

Through writing exercises and prompts, you’ll workshop your idea, delve into how to create deeper and more engaging characters, and find your authentic and unique voice that will hook teen readers. Finally, Wai will answer your burning questions on the publishing industry, social media and other aspects of being a modern author.

This interactive online course has limited places. Book early to avoid missing out. 

Expected Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Understand more about YA, middle grade, junior fiction genres and what’s expected in each of these areas.
  2. Develop strong and believable characters for your YA novel idea and understand story structure.
  3. Learn practical tips for developing a manuscript for publication including social media and marketing your work.

Participant Requirements

An idea or work in progress is helpful but not mandatory.

Internet access and confidence using basic computer software are essential for this program. There are no live meetings. Please read our FAQ before enrolling.

This course is suitable for writers of young adult fiction. If you are writing a children’s picture book, this course is not suitable for you. Check out our courses for picture books here. If you aren’t sure if this course is suitable, contact us.

We’ve designed this online course to meet your learning needs. You can work through the lesson material, ask questions, and engage with fellow writers throughout the course. Internet access and confidence using basic computer software are essential for this program. Please read our FAQ before enrolling.

Please expect to spend a minimum of six hours on the course, noting that the amount of time needed to read, respond to discussions, write, revise and critique will vary from person to person. We recommend allocating an hour a day to the course while it is running. By setting aside this time, you will get the most out of the course, and be able to engage with other participants and the tutor.

You do not need to log into the course at a specific time and there are no live meetings. You will receive an email with an invitation link to join the online classroom by 10am on the day the course starts.

  • Participants will work through several lessons, which will open sequentially over the first few days of the course (see course dates in the blue box above).
  • You can complete the lesson material in your own time.
  • This course includes short writing assignments and the opportunity to give and receive peer feedback and some tutor feedback

Get to know the tutor

Find out more about the incredible Wai Chim by reading our interview with her, Wai Chim on why we should all be reading YA.


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Online: Writing YA

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