Master Class in Writing the Young Adult Novel


Analyze, refine, revise, and polish the draft of your young adult novel in this intensive, focused workshop for advanced students

Starting at $2,650.00
As few as 23 weeks

What you can learn.

  • Study the elements of young adult novels, including plot, character, setting, and voice
  • Complete weekly exercises and discussions to deepen your understanding of your book
  • Give and get feedback on your manuscript from peers
  • Leave class with a polished, complete manuscript suitable for agent submissions

About this course:

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 four-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.

Fall 2019 Schedule

Available Format(s):

Hybrid courses utilize a combination of in-person classroom meetings and online meetings.

Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Location: UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood
Instructor: Kelly Barson
40 days left. Enroll by Oct 1, 2019
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No meetings Jan. 15-22 and Jan. 29-Feb. 4; the week before, during, and after residency.
Deadline for application is Sept. 9 at 9 am (PST) and there is a $10 non-refundable application fee. Restricted course; approval needed to enroll. Not eligible for any discounts. Enrollment limited to eight students. Visitors not permitted. No refund after enrolling.
Submission Guidelines for Master Class in Writing the Young Adult Novel with Kelly Barson
Please submit the following materials (Word Document or PDF only): a one-page personal statement that includes your writing background, previous creative writing courses taken; a two-page synopsis of your novel-in-progress and the 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.)

Refund Deadline
No refunds after September 25, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Thu Jan 23, 2020
9:00AM - 5:00PM
UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood
UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood 416
Fri Jan 24, 2020
9:00AM - 5:00PM
UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood
UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood 416
Sat Jan 25, 2020
9:00AM - 5:00PM
UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood
UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood 416
Sun Jan 26, 2020
9:00AM - 5:00PM
UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood
UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood 416

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