Free “Writing Fiction for Young Adults” Workshop

From Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop website:

“Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop (NOWW) will be offering a free workshop entitled Writing Young Adult Fiction. The facilitator will be Bonnie Ferrante. Bonnie is a hybrid author. Her short stories, newspaper articles and columns, and novels have been published traditionally. She has begun simultaneously self-publishing novels and picture books and is doing her own illustrations. She received an Ontario Arts Council Writers Works in Progress grant to complete a YA paranormal historical which will be published by Tradewind Books in British Columbia. Leya: Sphere of Vision Book One, her most recent YA book, was completed with the support of an OAC Northern Arts grant. She was a grade school teacher for thirty-three years, ten of those as a teacher-librarian. Her work has been described by Gordon Korman as “hauntingly believable”, Richard Scrimger as containing “genuine surprises”, Anne Coleman as “effectively told”, and Angie Abdou as “insightful and emotional”. Fred Stenson wrote “this author has exciting gifts…what a talent.”

Three participants will win a critique by author Michelle Krys, author of the young adult novel Hexed.

The workshop will be on Tuesday, January 20th, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Waverley Library, 285 Red River Road. No need to register.”

The topics I will cover:

žWhat is young adult fiction?

žReader audience

žProtagonists in YA

žGenres, topics, and themes

žRecent YA books of note

žPoint of view

žNarrative voice

žDialog and slang

žShowing emotion

žScenes and sequels

žPop culture references


žUnique styles

Bonnie Ferrante: Books For All Ages

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