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Writing Authentic YA Fiction (sold out)

Tuesday September 29, 2020
10:00 - 13:30
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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.

Please note, we do not offer ticket refunds. If you wish to pass your ticket on to someone else, please notify us at: info@centreforstories.com.



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Holden Sheppard

Holden Sheppard is an award-winning Young Adult author born and bred in Geraldton, Western Australia. His debut novel, Invisible Boys (Fremantle Press, 2019), won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award. Holden has always been a misfit: a gym junkie who has played Pokemon competitively, a sensitive geek who loves aggressive punk rock, and a bogan who learned to speak French. He lives in Perth with his husband.

Centre for Stories
100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge
WA, 6003

Public Transport
Centre for Stories is a ten minute walk from the Perth train station and the Perth busport, and is serviced by regular CAT buses.

Parking is available at the CPP Aberdeen Street car park (25 metre walk) or at Wilsons car park on Zempilas St (10 metres).

Wheelchair access is provided. Centre for Stories aims to be an inclusive and supportive community venue, please contact us if you have any questions.

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