Young Adult Fiction Writing Workshop
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Young Adult Fiction Writing Workshop

Turn your idea into a published novel in today's hottest genre.
4.6 (56 ratings)
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  • 8.5 hours on-demand video
  • 39 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Turn Your Idea Into a Young Adult Novel
  • Explore What Makes Bestselling Young Adult Fiction
  • Create a Premise That Sells
  • Develop Real, Engaging Young Adult Characters
  • Construct Your Novel Using Easy-to-follow Checkpoints
  • Learn to Structure Powerful Scenes
  • Explore Viewpoint and Tenses Choice That Pack a Punch
  • Learn Techniques That Create Bestsellers
  • Polish Your Manuscript
  • Create Cover Art That Sells
  • Discover Marketing Techniques That Work
  • Get Published!
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  • Open to all aspiring writers, young or old, experienced or just getting started

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:

  • What Makes Great Young Adult Fiction
  • Planning Your Project
  • Story Structure
  • Character Building
  • Viewpoints that work best for Young Adults
  • Experiment with Tense
  • Create a Vibrant Narrative Voice
  • Build Vivid Settings
  • Dialogue for Young Adults
  • Beginnings and Endings
  • Polishing Your Manuscript
  • Cover Art that Sells Young Adult Novels
  • Getting Published
  • Marketing Your Work

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!

Who is the target audience?
  • First Time Authors of Any Age
  • Published Authors Looking For Fresh Ideas
  • Authors With Unfinished or Unpolished Manuscripts
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Curriculum For This Course
40 Lectures
Exploring Young Adult Fiction
7 Lectures 01:04:02
Meet Steve and Dani Alcorn, and enjoy this preview of all the material covered in the course!
Preview 06:18

Where did Young Adult literature come from, and where is it going? This lecture shows you.
Preview 10:05

Explore the themes of modern Young Adult Fiction.
What is Young Adult Fiction?

The range of genres for Young Adult fiction is as broad as fiction itself. In this lecture we take a look at some of the bestselling genres and what makes them so popular.
Young Adult Genres

There are a lot of great reasons to write Young Adult fiction. Can you guess which one is most important?
Why Write Young Adult Fiction?

Why is Young Adult writing better than most mainstream fiction? This lecture suggests a number of reasons.
What Makes Young Adult Fiction So Good?

These simple techniques will start you on the path to writing your own great Young Adult novel.
How to Write Great Young Adult Fiction
Planning Your Young Adult Project
5 Lectures 01:22:24
Plot and Story are two very different things. This lesson explains why. It's perhaps the most important topic of the entire course.
Plot vs. Story

Meet the four dramatic elements on which all fiction is based.
The Dramatic Elements

Your Protagonist is your main character, and the most important person in your manuscript. Learn how to create a compelling protagonist in this lesson. The supplemental materials are also great for brainstorming vibrant characters.
The Protagonist

Your antagonist has a special relationship to your protagonist. This lesson shows you how to create an antagonist who can act as the perfect dramatic foil for your protagonist.
The Antagonist

Your manuscript is populated by many characters. Here's how to create them using a "character pyramid."
Other Characters
Structuring Your Young Adult Project
6 Lectures 01:43:44
Following a tried and true story pattern makes it easy to create fiction that works, yet won't make it formulaic. Here's how to make story patterns work for you.
Young Adult Fiction Story Patterns

Three Act Structure is the key to almost all successful fiction. We make it easy to create your novel or screenplay, by breaking the three acts up into nine checkpoints.
Three Act Story Structure

Let's look at the Act 1 checkpoints in detail: Hook, Backstory and Trigger.
Act 1

Act 2 features the plot-oriented Struggle, bookended by two emotional moments, the Crisis and Epiphany.
Act 2

In Act 3 your protagonist makes a Plan that gets you to the Climax, and then you wrap things up in the Ending. In this lecture's test drives you'll also begin work on your detailed scene list.
Act 3

Scene and Sequel makes your writing flow logically and strike with maximum impact.
Scene and Sequel
Writing Your Manuscript
9 Lectures 02:01:24
Experiment with Omniscient, Third Person Limited and First Person viewpoints, and decide which one works best for you.

This lecture helps you get a handle on the slippery topic of Voice.

This lecture shows you the difference between past and present tense, and explores the benefits and pitfalls of switching between them.

Setting is important for establishing the mood of your story. This step by step process makes it easy to create vivid settings.

Make your story's beginning and ending work together, and resonate with your readers using these powerful techniques.
Beginnings and Endings

Great dialogue makes your work more interesting and more readable. This lesson shows you how, and includes test drives to help you write better dialogue.

Conflict is what drives fiction. This lecture introduces three different forms of conflict, and shows you how to use them in your own fiction.

Suspense is a great way to keep readers turning pages. This lesson shows you how.

An element of mystery keeps readers interested in all genres of Young Adult fiction.
Polishing Your Manuscript
8 Lectures 01:45:40
Writing Big means giving your work maximum impact. We'll share a variety of techniques that enable you to amplify your fiction.
Writing Big

Polished prose is the difference between amateur and professional writing. This lesson shows you how to polish yours.
Writing Well

John Green is perhaps todays greatest young adult author. These five books show you why. 
Looking at Great Young Adult Fiction 1 - John Green

Scott Westerfeld writes some of the best Young Adult science fiction and fantasy series. This lecture looks at seven of his greatest novels.
Looking at Great Young Adult Fiction 2 - Scott Westerfeld

Romance is a very popular Young Adult sub genre. We look at some of our favorites, and why we like them.
Looking at Great Young Adult Fiction 3 - Romance

We take a look at the broad range of dramas and writing styles in Young Adult fiction.
Looking at Young Adult Fiction 4 - Drama

We look at two of the bestselling Young Adult series of all time.
Looking at Great Young Adult Fiction 5 - Bestsellers

This lecture takes a revealing look at two of Steve Alcorn's Young Adult novels, and how they were written.
Looking at Great Young Adult Fiction 6 - Behind the Scenes
Getting Published
5 Lectures 41:42
They say not to judge a book by its cover, but books are sold by their covers. The lesson looks at how different covers appeal to different markets, and will give you some ideas for your own work's cover.
Cover Art

This handy checklist helps you make sure your manuscript is ready for publication.
Manuscript Evaluation Checklist
2 pages

Now that your manuscript is complete, this lecture gives you everything you need to get it published.
Getting Into Print

Now that your book is published, here's how to market it to maximize sales.

Here are some great resources for continuing your exploration of Young Adult Fiction!
Preview 00:33
About the Instructor
Steve Alcorn
4.6 Average rating
693 Reviews
8,086 Students
14 Courses
Published Author and Educator

Steve Alcorn is a theme park designer, author, teacher, and the founder of Writing Academy. His novels include mysteries, young adult stories, historic fiction and romance. His is also the author of How to Fix Your Novel.

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!

Dani Alcorn
4.6 Average rating
211 Reviews
2,683 Students
5 Courses
Author and Screenwriter

Dani is the author of the Young Adult novel The Last Telepath, and three screenplays: 

  • A Quintessence of Dust, a science fiction riff on what would happen if Hamlet met Bladerunner
  • How to Catch an Englishman, a romantic comedy about moving overseas in search of an eligible bachelor
  • Do No Harm, a drama that explores the ethical choices facing a heart surgeon when her personal and professional lives collide
Dani graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University, where she majored in Psychology and Radio, Television, & Film.