Writing Young Adult and Middle Grade with Sarah LaPolla

    Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 6:30 PM until Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 8:30 PMEastern Daylight Time

    Instructor: Sarah LaPolla
    2 hour VIRTUAL sessions on Thursdays
    6:30 PM to 8:30 PM EST
    Workshop is limited to 15 registrants
    $470


    Course Description
    Young Adult fiction has grown into one of the most popular markets in the publishing industry, with more authors turning to its younger sibling, Middle Grade, in recent years as well. In only a decade, the KidLit market has evolved almost as quickly as teenagers themselves, and the line between MG and YA can look blurry as storytelling becomes more sophisticated. It can leave a writer wondering what exactly constitutes a MG novel vs. a YA novel by today’s standards.

    In this workshop, we’ll take a look at the current MG and YA markets and how to write for them in a way that speaks to modern teens. We’ll focus on what makes an authentic teen voice, what genres can co-exist and thrive, and how Young Adult differs from Middle Grade outside of the ages of the characters. You will also have a chance to submit the first chapter of your current MG or YA novel for peer discussion. 

    Who Should Take This Class?
    Beginner writers who are writing novels with teen protagonists, anyone interested in breaking into the Middle Grade or Young Adult markets, and what the modern KidLit landscape looks like.

    Your Instructor
    Sarah LaPolla is an independent editor with over a decade of experience in the publishing industry. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and a BA in Creative Writing from Ithaca College. She became a literary agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. in 2010, where she focused primarily on Young Adult fiction, and continued to represent critically acclaimed authors in MG and YA at Bradford Literary Agency. In January 2020, she started Next Chapter Editorial, where she works with authors at all stages of their writing journey. She regularly teaches workshops and offers critiques through Inked Voices, Manuscript Academy, and other writing programs and conferences.  


     

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    Note: Details about Zoom links and any other information relevant to the workshop will be emailed to you the week before workshops begin. If you have questions about the registration process, please call us at 914-323-6170 or email writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given on one-day intensives, advanced classes, and yearlong classes where space is limited. 100% refund before 1st class (minus $50 administrative and registration fee), 50% refund after 1st class (minus $50 registration fee), no refunds after 2nd class for all other workshops. ALL cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing. Please contact writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu with questions or to submit a refund request.