The young adult novel is one of the fastest-growing and exciting genres in publishing today. With complex young characters, realistic dialogue, and gripping prose, readers young and old can't get enough of these books. This Master Class in the Young Adult Novel offers both an online and low-residency component for students with serious commitments to revising and polishing their novels for publication. During the 16 class online component students experience focused individual instruction in a supportive but challenging environment. They study the elements of a YA novel's plot, character, language, setting, and voice through lectures, discussions, manuscript peer critiques and generative writing exercises. One-on-one instruction is also an important aspect of this program. The 4-day residency in Los Angeles builds community through irreplaceable in-person bonding, and provides workshops, seminars and guest lectures, all culminating in a literary field trip and possible public reading. You leave the class with a completed manuscript that stays true to your unique vision but also features the very best input from a professional novelist and your like-minded peers. Upon course completion, excerpts from this novel are submitted to an established agent for review and consideration.
Course may be taken to satisfy core (Advanced) units in the Creative Nonfiction Certificate Program, or as an elective in either fiction/creative nonfiction certificate.
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Log in with your existing student account and then “add to cart”, or click “add to cart” and follow the prompts to create a new or returning student account. Then, follow the remaining instructions below:
At the “Contact Information” Page, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page and initial both boxes under “Privacy Policies.” Continue Checkout.
Click “Start” on the first Application page.
On the 2nd Application page, click “Start” on the bottom left side of the page.
After that, you will be asked to upload a file as a writing sample. If you are pre-approved, check the “pre-approved” box and fill out your information. Once you finish the steps, click “Submit Application.”
NOTE: Despite being asked to enter payment information, YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED for this course unless you choose to enroll if/when you receive a notice of acceptance for the course. In other words, it’s 100% free to apply. The full course fee will be due up front to register, prior to attending the course.
Selection notices will likely be distributed via email 1-2 weeks before the class is scheduled to start. In the meantime, you can also register for alternative open-enrollment course and transfer upon your acceptance.
Nutschell Anne Windsor
For more information regarding the Master Class, visit the Master Class page.
Visitors not permitted. Restricted course. Enrollment limited to 8 students. No refund after enrolling. Internet access required.
Submission materials and application fees must be received by 5pm (PST), December 18, 2017 in order to be considered.
All submissions must include the following materials (Word Document):
- A one-page personal statement that includes your writing background, previous creative writing courses taken.
- A two-page synopsis of your novel-in-progress
- Completed first draft of your novel (Note: participants in this master class work only on the novel submitted for admission. No exceptions. Each page should be numbered, typed in 12-point Times New Roman font, and double spaced with 1-inch margins.)
To apply, click "add to cart" and proceed with check-out. You will only be charged the $50 application fee at this time. The full course fee will be due in its entirety should you choose to enroll based on your acceptance into the course.
Creative Writing (Creative Nonfiction, Young Readers, Publishing and Editing, and Poetry)
Nutschell Anne Windsor