Master Mondays, Week Seven: The YA Novel Class Recap

Master Mondays, Week Seven: The YA Novel Class Recap

Figure 1. Nicole Beharie who is pure excellence incarnate

Figure 1. here you go, Brandon…


TL;DR Version

We did two manuscript reviews and ate a bunch of leftover Halloween candy. A couple of orange Starbursts were tossed at Brandon, but I think he liked that.

Unabridged Version

About manuscript review, what can I say? We had two novels to look at; one a contemporary realistic story, the other a horror/thriller. Both very different.

Some topics that came up:

– the descriptive ambiance required in horror stories

– technical details about high school student newspapers and how they’re run

– character functions – this character acts as backstory/expositioner, this character offers comic relief, etc….

– choices you can make about backstory – do you flashback? do you start the story earlier

– “fearless” revision – what in the hell does that mean? We resolve to ask Andrew Karre this when he visits in December…

A request: are there any YA horror novels you can recommend? One of our students is looking for some good titles. Please and thank you!

Books Referenced:

The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon
This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready
Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
Rotters and Scowler by Daniel Kraus
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman
The Lynburn Legacy novels by Sarah Rees Brennan
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey






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