ABOUT THE CLASS: The Young Adult market seems the place to be, but how to you not only make your story stand out in the crowd, but write a story teens want to read?
Teens are smart, savvy, and the books they read today are not your motherâ€™s teen fiction.
Come join us and find out what teens expect out of a YA novel and how to write the YA story you want to tell in a way that appeals to todayâ€™s teens. Learn about the different genres from paranormal to contemporary and from clean teen to racy reads.
This hands-on class will work on the mechanics of writing YA and how it differs from writing for adults. Topics include creating realistic dialogue, characters, worlds, and plots teens can relate to, tone and pacing, and other differences and avoiding common YA pitfalls as well as what teens expect from todayâ€™s YA authors.
All YA manuscripts in all genres are welcome from â€œI have an ideaâ€ to polished and ready.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Suzanne Lazear writes for teens because her dancers made her and she never looked back. Sometimes known as â€œLolita Suzanne,â€ sheâ€™s a regular blogger at the Steampunk group blog Steamed! www.ageofsteam.wordpress.com/ and a member of the Los Angeles Romance Writers. Sheâ€™s never had trouble standing out in the crowd, but wearing a tiara will do that.
Her Steampunk Dark Fairytale for teens, “Innocent Darkness” will be released by Flux in August, 2012. She occupies a small corner of the West Coast where she lives with the hubby, the tot, a hermit crab, and two chickens, and is currently trying to make a ray gun to match her ball gown.
Coming in March 2011 “Mauled Men, Drowned Dames and Crispy Critters; a Body Disposal Primer for Writersâ€ with Jeanne Adams
Youâ€™ve axed, shot or otherwise knocked off a key character in your latest book, now what? You have to do SOMETHING with the body! Find out everything you ever wanted to know about the pernicious particulars of body disposal and how to use minutiae of death to throw your characters together or drive them apart.
Jeanne P. Adams knows a thing or two about getting rid of a body, in reality as well as in books…her third book, Deadly Little Secrets (Zebra, Sept. 2010) is already being hailed as â€œOne of the best Suspense Books of the Year!â€ by Romantic Times. She also is a multi-published non-fiction writer and consultant with twelve years of funeral business experience working both for a cemetery and several funeral homes. In her reading, sheâ€™s winced over a variety of mistakes dealing with the storyâ€™s dead guy (or gal), which led to this class!
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