Writing the Young Adult Novel


Start writing your book for teens in this intensive workshop, where you'll learn all the techniques you need to reach this audience while developing your story idea and first chapter.


What you can learn.

  • Get a clear understanding of contemporary young adult writing and what the audience wants
  • Develop a compelling story idea and begin writing your first chapter
  • Read and respond to the writing of your peers
  • Learn how to write realistic teen characters your readers will root for and adore


This course is part of the 2020 Writers Studio—Our annual intensive writing workshop held at UCLA Extension in Westwood Village. Harness your creativity, hone your skills, and develop your story with four days of instruction and writing in a supportive environment. 

About this course:

Whether you have a burning desire to write a novel for young people or are just interested in learning about this genre, this workshop teaches you all the elements that go into creating compelling stories with fascinating, sympathetic young characters and delves into what it takes to write in direct, strong, often lyrical prose. Jump-starting your book in this stimulating, supportive, and challenging four-day Writers Studio environment provides you with a great sense of satisfaction, and in the process, you engage in lots of lively discussions, learn through lectures and close observation of your own and your peers' work, create new bonds, and find out more about yourself. By the end of the workshop, you have in hand an outline and rough first chapter and the inspiration and tools you need to finish your book on your own.

Contact Us

Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

This course applies towards the following certificates & specializations…

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