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Master Mondays at the Loft Literary Center: The YA Novel

Figure 1. www.loft.org

Figure 1. www.loft.org

 

I’m teaching a 12-week class for adults on the Young Adult Novel this fall. I’m very excited about it. The first six weeks we’ll talk about the genre in-depth. The final six weeks will be devoted to individual manuscript review.

Here are some things you can expect should you register:

– discussion of the young adult genre in terms of history and evolution

– reading and discussion of Melina Marchetta’s Jellicoe Road

– highlighting the issues in creating diversity in the YA landscape: authors, editors, characters, points-of-view

– review of subgenres in YA, as well as common tropes and types

– an understanding of the role of reading gatekeepers in YA: teachers, librarians, parents

– a look at publishing landscape from a YA editor’s perspective

– Q & A with YA authors

– intensive manuscript review for each student

I have written two young adult novels. Am just finishing editing a third. I’ve read a lot of young adult novels, too. I taught high school and I teach teenagers. I used to be a teenager.

BUT.

Please note that I’m not the “master” of young adult novels. I’m not really the “master” of anything, except, you know, probably this Tumblr.

What I’m excited to do in this class is hear from my students: what books they’ve read, what experiences they’ve had, what tricks they’ve used successfully and unsuccessfully. In all the classes I’ve taught at the Loft, it is what the student community brings to the table that I’ve considered most valuable.

If this sounds like an experience you’d like to have, please join us!

(And if you have any questions, feel free to email me:  carrie AT carriemesrobian DOT com)

 

 

 

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