Introduction to Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction with Sarah LaPolla

    Friday, November 13, 2020 at 11:00 AM until Friday, December 18, 2020 at 1:00 PMEastern Standard Time

    Instructor: Sarah LaPolla
    2 hour session on Fridays
    Five VIRTUAL workshop dates as follows:
    November 13 to December 18, no session November 27
    Workshop is limited to 15 registrants

    Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction have quickly progressed into becoming among the most lucrative and popular markets in the publishing industry. In only a decade, the KidLit market (as it's affectionately called) has grown and evolved almost as quickly as teenagers themselves. It can leave a writer wondering what exactly constitutes a MG novel vs. a YA novel by today’s standards vs. what they would have been 10 or 20 years ago. In this workshop, we’ll take a look at the modern MG and YA markets and how to write for them in a way that speaks to modern teens. We’ll focus on how to create an authentic teen voice, how trends and genres grow and thrive, and how Young Adult differs from its younger sibling, Middle Grade. You will also have a chance to submit the first chapter of your current MG or YA novel for peer discussion.

    Sarah LaPolla is a former literary agent with over a decade of experience in the publishing industry. Starting in the foreign rights department at Curtis Brown, Ltd. in 2008, and later as an agent at Bradford Literary Agency, Sarah has primarily represented Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction in a variety of genres, many of which received starred reviews and critical acclaim. Sarah has an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and a BA in Creative Writing from Ithaca College. In 2020, she started Next Chapter Editorial and regularly teaches workshops and offers critiques for writers through Inked Voices, Writer's Digest, and various writing programs and conferences. You can reach her at for editorial services, or follow her on Twitter at @sarahlapolla.

    Registration is no longer available because the event has been cancelled.