Steve Alcorn is a theme park designer, author and teacher. His novels include mysteries, young adult stories, historic fiction and romance. Steve has helped more than 20,000 aspiring writers structure their novels, through the online learning programs of 1500 colleges and universities worldwide. Many of his students are now published authors, and you can be, too! Find all his classes at http://writingacademy.com
Dani is the author of the Young Adult novel The Last Telepath, and three screenplays:
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Young Adult Fiction is today's top-selling category. This class shows you how to turn you ideas into a bestselling novel or screenplay that will rival Harry Potter, Hunger Games, or Twilight.
Do you have a Young Adult novel idea, but aren't sure where to begin? Have you started a novel, only to get stuck? Or perhaps you've completed a first draft, but want to add the luster of professional writing?
This course is for you! Featuring lively discussions between Young Adult Fiction authors Steve and Dani Alcorn, this engaging class gives you all the tools you need to create a bestseller.
We'll reveal what makes Young Adult novels today's most exciting genre, and show you how to use the techniques of top-selling authors to create your own finished novel. Step by step, you'll learn and practice:
In addition to the video lectures and panel discussions, the course includes extensive supplemental materials, featuring reference lists, exercises, checklists, and handy reference sheets.
Whether this is your first Young Adult novel or you're an experienced author looking for new techniques, Young Adult Fiction Writing Workshop has what you need to get your young adult idea published. Enroll now!
I just completed the course - way back in my younger days I wanted to be a writer - but the dream drifted away. I am now looking to reclaim my long-lost dream. I had a read a few books on the topic of fiction writing in general and YA fiction in particular, but didn't get much out of them. Taking this course really put it all together. I came to this course with some ideas for books, but after taking this course, I can see where my ideas were a bit problematic and probably would not make good novels. I am now in the process of rethinking and reworking my ideas to structure them to make a stronger story. Overall the lectures were interesting and informative - they not only explain WHAT to do, but more importantly WHY to do it. Now you don't have to agree with everything they say, but at least you will understand the thought process behind their recommendations. If you are considering taking a crack at YA fiction - this is the course for you.
The lecturers are pleasant enough, and if you've never been a writer, this course might be right for you. My low rating isn't due to their teaching ability, but to the misleading class description. Had I known how basic this class was, I would not have signed up or paid for it. Here's part of the description: Whether this is your first Young Adult novel or you're an experienced author looking for new techniques, Young Adult Fiction Writing Workshop has what you need to get your young adult idea published. WHO SHOULD ATTEND?....Published Authors Looking For Fresh Ideas I'm clearly not the audience for this course. I'm a published author whose day job is editing for a publishing company, so I spend most of my time correcting other people's writing. My expectation was that I would learn how to apply what I know to the Young Adult market. This isn't that course. The writing lessons are very basic. Show don't tell, what is a protagonist, don't use too many adverbs. I'm a big fan of Young Adult fiction, which is why I'm interested in writing such a book...so I've read the books they discuss in the course. I don't need to listen to them read parts of those books out loud to me. Why a whole section on cover art? Will a brand-new author even have influence over this? Or are you marketing only to self-published authors? Why mention the movie The Wizard of Oz without discussing the amazing series of books? Why so many mentions of screenwriting, anyway? This isn't a screenwriting course. Extent of how to publish is 'send a query to an agent or a publisher,' no specifics, and some notes about self publishing. That's it. Marketing is also very generic with nothing specific to Young Adult fiction. Just general "write a press release" and "start a blog" which every author should already know. Again, no specifics about how to write a release, what should be included, what not to include, and so on. No mention of social media...not sure how anyone sells books these days without Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Netgalley, Scribd, Book Shout!, etc. etc. Interesting that the authors don't mention starting a class on Udemy and then recommending all the students buy their book! Anyway, if you're a brand new writer, you might enjoy this course. If you're already a published author, you'll be frustrated.
I enjoyed the step-by-step process of this course. I went through it once without stopping. Now I'm going back to the sections I need to work on my YA novel. I really enjoyed the affection and pride Steve obviously had for his daughter... and well-deserved, also. They make a great team.
This course was worth it for the insight on structuring alone. The section on scene and sequel really took my writing to new heights and for that I am truly grateful.
I really enjoyed this course. It helped me to improve my writing and gave me a set of tools to make my characters, plot and settings stronger, more vivid and compelling. I would recommend this course to everyone who’s interested in the writing a young adult fiction.