Online: Writing YA
Do you have a great idea for a young adult novel, but you’re not sure where to start, or how to write young adult (YA) fiction? 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 online workshop that will help you understand how you can strengthen your YA story idea into a first draft.
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.
Expected Learning Outcomes
- Understand more about YA, middle grade, junior fiction genres and what’s expected in each of these areas.
- Develop strong and believable characters for your YA novel idea and understand story structure.
- Learn practical tips for developing a manuscript for publication including social media and marketing your work.
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.
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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About the tutor
Wai Chim is the bestselling author of The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling. She is a first generation Chinese-American from New York City. Her previous books include the Chook Chook series and Shaozhen, part of the Through My Eyes: Natural Disaster Zone series. Freedom Swimmer was her debut novel for young adults and was […]