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Writing Young Adult Fiction

As Harry Potter and Twilight have proven, young adult fiction is one of the hottest genres for today's novels. Teens and adults alike have discovered the excitement and passion of these stories, and publishers are hungry for more. If you're eager to break into this market, this course provides you with the recipe for creating your own successful young adult story and shows you how to get it published. 

You will decide what type of story you want to tell, plan your plot, and discover the secrets for bringing your characters to life. In addition, you'll find out how to introduce conflict, suspense, and mystery so you can grab and hold the attention of your audience. Along the way, you will master the art of creating dialogue that resonates with teenagers and young adults. You’ll even analyze excerpts from bestselling young adult books to see what makes them so successful. Finally, you’ll learn how to find an agent or publisher and how to write a synopsis that sells. If you've dreamed for years of becoming an author, this course can help you turn your dream into a reality. In just six weeks, you'll have all the tools you need to create a polished manuscript and get your story in print!

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Starting April 17 | May 15

Writing Young Adult Fiction


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Course Code: wyf

What You Will Learn
  • Learn the recipe for creating your own successful young adult story and discover how to get it published
  • Understand how to introduce conflict, suspense, and mystery so you can grab and hold the attention of your audience
  • Master the art of creating dialogue that resonates with teenagers and young adults
  • Analyze excerpts from bestselling young adult books to see what makes them so successful - and apply these lessons to your own writing
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Discover how to break into a market with incredibly high (and growing) demand
  • Learn how to write and communicate with people in a way that resonates and impacts them
  • Discover how to find an agent or publisher and how to write a synopsis that sells


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Week 1

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.

Week 2

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.

Week 3

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.

Week 4

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.

Week 5

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.

Week 6

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.

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Instructors & Support

Steve Alcorn

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.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

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.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

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.

What if I need an extension?

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.

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