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From Harry Potter to Twilight, 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.
First, you'll learn why writing young adult fiction is both fun and financially rewarding. After that, you'll decide what type of story you want to tell, plan your plot, and choose the dramatic elements that will keep your readers eagerly turning pages.
Next, you'll discover the secrets for bringing your characters to life. You'll also learn about story patterns, the three-act structure, and a technique called scene and sequel. In addition, you'll find out how to introduce conflict, suspense, and mystery so you can grab and hold your readers' attention.
And are you fluent in teenspeak? In these lessons, you'll master the art of creating dialogue that resonates with teenagers and young adults. You'll also decide which viewpoint, voice, and tense you want to use, and you'll see how imagery can make your story sparkle.
As you master each element of young adult fiction, you'll also be writing scenes for your own story. In addition, you'll analyze excerpts from bestselling young adult books to see what makes them so successful.
In the final lessons, you'll get expert advice on publishing and marketing your book. You'll learn how to find an agent or publisher and how to write a synopsis that sells. You'll also get the facts about literary contests and discover why on-demand publishing might be the perfect choice for you.
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!
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? Once a 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.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 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 2 weeks plus 10 days 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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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.
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