Readers of young adult novels demand immediate action, fascinating characters, interesting situations, realistic dialogue, and unique, yet somehow familiar settings—all at the same time! Crafting all of those elements, while also developing a distinctive voice, can be quite tricky. This course helps take your young adult novel—either a work-in-progress or a completed draft—to the next level by exploring the nuance of the young adult novel; diving deeper into elements like character, voice, plot, dialogue, and description; and by supportively critiquing each other’s work. By the end, you will have completed approximately 30 to 50 pages of a young adult novel and have a workable plan for finishing the draft.
Course OutlineContinue progress on a young adult novel in this course focusing on diving deeper into an analysis of your story's elements, while workshop feedback helps you improve from draft to draft.
Course OutlineExplore character, voice, plot, dialogue and description in your draft
Identify areas for improvement through workshopping drafts with other students
Complete up to 50 pages of your novel and create a plan to finish your book
Course may be taken to satisfy an elective in either the Fiction or Creative Nonfiction Certificate.
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