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Writing the YA Novel

Tutor: Emily Critchley
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton BN1 2LR
Next date: Sunday workshop 05 August 2017

With the recent explosion in the publication of young adult novels, authors such as John Green (The Fault in Our Stars), Patrick Ness (The Rest of Us Just Live Here), and Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of being a Wallflower) are becoming household names. It seems more and more novelists are writing books aimed at teenagers. (Who is actually buying the books may be a different matter!) 

In this intensive workshop we will discuss what YA fiction is, compared to Middle Grade fiction and novels written for adults, how YA works, what makes it special, and how to get started on your own YA novel. 

We’ll consider setting, plot, characterisation, how to draw upon your own adolescent experiences (there’s no need to share), how to get the writing done (aside from lots of coffee and chocolate), and what to do with your book once you’ve finished it. 

We’ll talk about the long, and often arduous, road to publication, how to break into this lucrative, but extremely competitive, market, what agents and publishers and looking for, and how best to approach them. 


About the tutor

Emily Critchley has been writing for many years. She has a first class honours degree in Creative Writing from London Metropolitan University. She is currently represented by Diane Banks Associates. Her first novel for young adults, Notes On My Family, will be published in October 2017.