In this interactive workshop, award-winning Young Adult author Holden Sheppard will explore the nuances of writing full-length works of fiction in the YA category. The workshop will examine the generic and thematic expectations and conventions of the YA space and guide writers through how to best manage and work with these in the context of their own creative work.
Participants will undertake practical exercises and investigate techniques for cultivating an authentic narrative voice, writing spontaneous and natural-sounding dialogue and avoiding cliché to create teen characters who feel real. Considerations for selling YA fiction to agents and publishers – including the marketplace restrictions of YA – will also be discussed and explored.
This workshop is a safe, welcoming and constructive space for writers of any skill level.