Teaching Another Online YA Novel Writing Class

I taught my first online class with Mediabistro.com 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!


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