Adapting Literature, Myths, and Fairy Tales for New YA Audiences
Use familiar tales and stories as a jumping off point to craft your own young adult novel.
What you can learn.
- Identify powerful and timeless plots
- Adapt familiar stories and themes for young adult readers
- Translate classic tales into contemporary retellings
- Experiment with in-class writing exercises
- Identify your novel’s characters, settings, and point of view
About this course:Learn how to adapt classic literature to craft your own contemporary YA novel and boldly step into the fastest-growing genre in publishing. We explore how to put your spin on plot, theme, character, setting, and point-of-view and how to breathe life into your creation. With in-class writing exercises, you have a chance to flex your writing muscles and receive feedback on a high-level concept. You leave with an idea (or several) as well as a rough outline and synopsis for your novel.
Spring 2021 Schedule
These courses have regular meeting times and are fully online, via remote instruction. Click “See Details” below for more information.
Internet access required.
This course uses remote instruction. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.
Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.