A Cover Tease from the Writing Retreat

So I’m down in Florida for a week of writing and while I was in the insane clog of crowded madness that was the JetBlue gate at LaGuardia Airport, I needed to find wifi so I could share some NEWS about my cover!

First, rewind back to September of last year and this was what The Walls Around Us looked like when I was writing it:



all the words biggest

If you want to see what The Walls Around Us looks like now—it’s looks really damn good, that’s not a spoiler—you will soon be able to see the cover. Tumblr (!!!) is revealing it one week from today, on August 4, on books.tumblr.com

This is the first time Tumblr is doing a cover reveal, and on a personal note this is the first time one of my books has ever even *had* a cover reveal, and I’m really excited about that. There will be teaser excerpts from the manuscript revealed this week, too… Please keep an eye out and celebrate with me. I often feel like a very small person in a very large and crowded room (much like that JetBlue gate at LaGuardia airport), and this feels surreal and very thrilling and thank you for listening!

Here is what Tumblr said about the cover reveal today (plus, thrown in, an “Orange Is the New Black Swan” reference!)…

I can’t wait to show you on August 4.

Now… to the writing cave to write mad words all week and have something to show for myself.

Teaching a YA Novel Writing Workshop in NYC

I’ll be teaching a new YA novel writing workshop in New York City this fall, with Ideasmyth at the Writers Room in Manhattan.


The details about the course are below. If you have any questions about this workshop that you want to ask me first before applying, you are welcome to comment below or email me. Admissions are rolling and spaces are limited, so apply sooner rather than later!

When: 6 Wednesdays, 6:30-9pm, September 24th, 2014-October 29th, 2014. Private conferences will be held in November.

EARLY BIRD PRICING: $600 by September 1st, 2014;  $650 after September 1st

Location: The Writers Room, 740 Broadway, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10003

This is an intensive workshop for writers working on YA novels of any style or genre. During weekly critique sessions, we will focus on constructive feedback with the goal of helping the writer execute his or her intended vision. Participants will critique one another’s work in group discussions, and each writer will have a private conference, with feedback from the instructor on additional pages from their novels. Writers are expected to have a basic knowledge and appreciation of current YA novels, and are welcome to come to this class at any stage in the writing of their own novel: just beginning a first draft, with a novel-in-progress, or with a completed draft in need of focused revision.

This workshop is designed for experienced writers. Previous publication is not necessary, but writers should be serious about working on a YA novel, open to critiques and advice, and ready to help their peers succeed.

This class will cover:

  • Writing a striking, memorable opening
  • Issues of craft—such as plot, character, and creating a strong YA voice
  • Structuring your story and outlining methods
  • Setting goals for completing a solid draft
  • Tools for tackling revision

Class design:

  • Weekly workshop critique sessions
  • Writing prompts to jumpstart new work
  • Detailed written feedback from the instructor
  • A private conference with the instructor, in which additional pages not submitted for workshop will be discussed
  • Private conferences will take place in November after the last class date and can be arranged for in-person or over the phone

Application process:

Applicants must apply first before registering. Admissions are rolling. For more information email: Courses@Ideasmyth.com.



(Admissions are rolling and spaces are limited! Apply sooner rather than later.)

Student Testimonials

 Nova Ren Suma is a generous and honest teacher that graciously encourages every writer she works with to become the best version of him or herself. Her keen eye, industry knowledge, and overall love for the YA genre combine to make her a valuable resource for both aspiring and experienced writers.
—Jessica Fonseca Honiotes

Nova’s genuine interest in my work and her concern for meeting my personal needs within her feedback made working with her feel like chatting with a compassionate friend. Hers is a method that conveys knowledge of craft as well as tools for personal growth as an individual writer.
—Shelli Cornelison

Nova is an excellent reader and facilitator. She is thoughtful, smart, flexible, and kind. And yes, she will tell you when and if something is not working. She meets you on the page—and can go where your story is going—not everyone can do that.
—Asale Angel-Ajani

Nova is a wonderful mentor who is fully invested in the growth and success of the writers in her workshops. I have developed a stronger confidence in my writing thanks to her guidance and support.
—Alisia Leavitt 

If you have any questions about this workshop that you want to ask me first before applying, you are welcome to comment here or email me