What is the course about?
We will be examining this thriving genre: what it is; who it’s aimed at; who it’s read by; how it works and how it’s written. The course is particularly aimed at those interested in exploring young adult fiction from a writer’s point of view.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Amongst other things, we will be looking at themes, writing techniques and boundaries of YA. Similarities and differences between YA fiction, teen fiction, writing for adults and writing for children. What kind of stories are and are not suitable for YA fiction and why. Ways to approach writing YA fiction. And the place of YA fiction in the publishing world.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify works of contemporary YA fiction
- Differentiate YA fiction from other writing forms
- Respond to, and assess, pieces of YA and other writing with sensitivity
- Use a number of strategies and techniques to develop your own YA idea.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Entry is open to all potential writers who can write fluent English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- Talks with reference to contemporary YA works.
- Class writing exercises.
- Group discussion and group work.
- Independent reading and writing projects outside class.
All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day, regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring writing materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.