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Teaching Another Online YA Novel Writing Class

I taught my first online class with this spring/summer—a twelve-week YA novel writing class with some truly amazing students. I loved working with them—and I can’t wait until their novels are finished and polished and their future book deals come to be so I can cheer and tell everyone to read their books. Just wait.

I wasn’t sure if I’d teach the class again, because it surely is a big time/heart commitment, but guess what? I am teaching online again this fall… This time, the Young Adult Novel Writing Master Class. This class is different from the first one: It’s eight weeks long, and it will be all workshop-based—yes, it is my plan to workshop students’ chapters in the weekly chats.

If you’re in the midst of a YA novel and want to sign up to work with me, I would love to have you. The online classroom opens November 20, but due to the Thanksgiving holiday—and my residency at the Millay Colony in November—the first chat will be on Thursday, November 29.

If you have any questions about the holiday schedule or the class itself, please feel free to email me or leave a comment on this post and I will answer!

Just to answer some of the questions I’ve gotten so far: 

  • Yes, you can sign up even if you have a draft of your novel already written. You will be turning in 10 pages a week—new or revised, up to you.
  • Yes, I will be giving you detailed feedback on your pages every week.
  • Yes, you can take this class from anywhere, so long as you can access the chats online every week.
  • No, I can’t read your whole novel in this class. We’ll just have eight weeks, so I’ll be reading 80 pages.
  • Yes, you can sign up if you’re writing a middle-grade novel.
  • If you’ve never written fiction before, this may not be the best class for you, but if you don’t think you’re ready for the master class, there are many options for you! Why not check out my talented friend Micol Ostow’s YA Novel Writing class, which starts September 24?
  • Yes, I am pretty sure you need to pay in full for the class when you register. You can apply here through Mediabistro, and you can ask them registration/payment questions directly.

If there are any questions I haven’t answered, please feel free to ask. Or here is Mediabistro’s FAQ.

I’m excited to lead the class and read everyone’s novels… Can’t wait to see who signs up this November!

4 thoughts on “Teaching Another Online YA Novel Writing Class

    • Hi there! If your story collection is YA (or middle-grade), and if being able to turn in just 10 pages a week isn’t a problem for you, then you are absolutely welcome. Most of the students will be writing novels, though.

      But if your short story collection is intended for an adult audience and not for teens, then this wouldn’t be the right class for you. Mediabistro has other options that could be a great fit though! For example, here’s one:

      Hope that helps! And thanks for asking!

  1. Does everyone in the class discuss together in the online chat, or is it a one on one chat with you? I’m trying to figure out the timing, because I’ll be in Australia and at work during the scheduled times (9-10pm Thursdays ET is 11am-12 noon Fridays in Australia.) Is there any flexibility with the online chat times, or is that the set time and if you can’t make the time, you can’t do the class?

    • Thanks for asking this! The online chat is one hour a week (yes, 9–10 pm Thursdays ET), and the chat is meant to be with everyone in class. It’s not one-on-one with me, though in addition to the chats I will write detailed feedback specific to each students’ piece every week and post it in his/her thread in the forums, and you can follow up with questions directly with me via email. Unfortunately, there’s no flexibility in the online chat times.

      I wouldn’t say you *can’t* do the class if you can’t make the chat—we did have one student in the UK last class who couldn’t make chats—but you wouldn’t be getting the full experience, especially since I am planning to workshop pieces in the chats and you’d have the experience of being workshopped at least once, possibly twice during the class session (depending on how many students sign up).

      I hope this helps explain it! Feel free to email me if you want to ask further questions. And thank you so much for considering this class, all the way from Australia! I’m honored.

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