|This course was extremely helpful and the instructor is excellent. The course material helps to develop a young adult fiction idea and to turn that idea into a story you would want to write and to be enjoyed by the teens reading your work. This course has made a huge difference in my writing and has sparked a great idea for my work of fiction. It has also been helpful for the other students that have already written a story that needs some fine tuning.|
|Mr. Alcorn is a professional instructor who really cares about his students and the writing process. I had a completed draft of a YA manuscript when I started this course, and through the lessons, I was able to tighten up the story substantially. The lessons took my writing one step beyond, but more importantly, I feel confident that perhaps someday I will see my book in print.|
|Taking this course has confirmed my desire to write a novel in this genre. Moreover, it also helped me to reassess the story behind my novel, which was becoming a bit overwhelming. I now have a new plan to tackle it because of this course. I highly recommend it, in addition to any other courses that this instructor teaches.|
|This is the course for any aspiring young adult author. Mr. Alcorn is a knowledgeable instructor and spot on with his comments. I’ve taken other writing courses before – this is the first with a focus on what matters most to me and my desire to write compelling young adult fiction. I could easily find myself retaking this course in the future as a refresher and to keep my skills sharp. All I can say is thanks for giving me the tools to take my writing to the next level.|
|I cannot express how much joy this course has brought into my life. The lessons were the perfect length. They had lots of valuable exercises in each of them and they covered the exact content I was looking for. The best part about this course was that the instructor responded to every single comment on the discussion board and very quickly. This course has transformed my novel. Thank you!|
|I have already recommended this course to others. This was the most helpful course I have ever taken. I truly enjoyed the humor that was conveyed in the lessons by the instructor.|
|I have been waiting for a young adult writing course to be available online and was really excited to take this course. This class was very informative and the instructor very knowledgeable and helpful. I plan to take other courses from this instructor to better my writing. Thanks!|
|This course was excellent. The knowledge with which I am walking away with far exceeded my expectations of what I thought I would get out of an online writing course. Every explanation, test and assignment lit up new understanding like a light bulb glowing brighter in my brain. I now realize what I have to do, and how much work it will take, to realize my dream of writing a young adult fiction series and, possibly a coming-of-age novel as well. I would like to thank Mr. Alcorn for imparting his knowledge and experience with us! I hope to be a part of something great, thanks to what I've learned from this course.|
|I can not express how much joy this course has brought into my life. I woke up early every Wednesday and Friday morning in order to read the lesson. The lessons were the perfect length. They had lots of valuable exercises in each of them. They covered the exact content that I was looking for in this course. The best part about this course was that the instructor responded to every single comment on the discussion board and very quickly. One of the best parts about the class was having the instructor willing to comment on my assignments nearly 24 hours per day; I didn't have to wait to ask him at the next class meeting. Most importantly, however, this course has transformed my novel from a vague emotion to a full outline. I just need to start adding flesh to the skeleton. Thank you!|
|This course has touched my heart and made me realize that my dreams of becoming a published author are attainable. This course reinforces my desires of writing and of wanting to continue my education in this field. I was unaware of how many things I did not know. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking this path to teach and to produce this course. You have made a difference in my life. You have lifted up my sails.|
Course Code: wyf
Discover what makes young adult fiction the most exciting choice for your writing. Then, explore the difference between story and plot, and select the right dramatic elements for your own original story.
Create your characters and give them goals and flaws that will bring your story to life. Then, analyze the story patterns used in today's best-selling young adult fiction and discover how to apply these lessons to your story.
Master the three-act structure upon which all great fiction is based, and apply it to your own story. Then, examine the ebb and flow of plot and story. You will use this to create scenes, transitions, and chapter breaks in your own work.
Bring your young adult story to life by creating conflict, suspense, and mystery. Then, develop your skills in writing dialogue to create realistic "teenspeak" for your story. You will discover there are some kinds of dialogue that aren't spoken.
Experiment with three different viewpoint choices and two different tenses, and decide which works best for your young adult story. Then, explore voice, and give your young adult story deeper meaning and bigger impact by using techniques to write big.
Explore the collateral you'll need to create along with your long form, including a synopsis that sells your story, and compare your work to a handy Manuscript Evaluation Checklist to help you prepare for publication. Finally, discover surefire strategies for publishing your very own young adult fiction.
Steve Alcorn is the published author of a wide range of fiction and nonfiction works. During the past decade he has helped more than 30,000 students turn their story ideas into reality, and many of his students have published novels they developed in his classes. His novels include the mystery A Matter of Justice, the historical novel Everything in Its Path, and the picture storybook Molly Builds a Theme Park. He is the author of the non-fiction books How to Fix Your Novel, Theme Park Design, and Write Your Life Story. When he isn't writing and teaching, Steve is the CEO of Alcorn McBride Inc., a leading theme park design company.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.