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The Craft of Writing for YA Readers

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Singapore Book Council Training Room

90 Goodman Road

Block E, #03-32, Goodman Arts Centre

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Understand the specific opportunities of writing young adult fiction with editor-at-large, Sarah Odedina

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A three-day intensive workshop aimed at looking at the genre of YA fiction and analysing aspects of this important area of literature for young readers. The course will focus on elements of the craft of writing YA fiction with reference to published novels and will relate that to the creative output of the participants. There will be a mix of analysis of content, discussion of the genre and practical writing exercises and development of skills with the intention of each writer creating a short story by the end of the workshop. The participants should have a range of experiences of writing and be particularly interested in writing for YA readers.

The course will cover the main elements of writing strong impactful fiction - character creation, strong dialogue, pacy plotting, believable setting, mastering point of view and creating an authentic voice. The course will analysis and discuss the work of published authors as well as offer the participants the opportunity to apply new example led skills to their own writing. The course objective is to provide insight into and understanding of the world of YA literature and the learning outcomes will be that participants will leave the course with a broad and comprehensive understanding of the publishing landscape of YA fiction as well as learn practical and important skills that will improve their writing.

For workshop enquiries, please email programmes@bookcouncil.sg

Kinokuniya members can enjoy 10% off the workshop fee. Please contact programmes@bookcouncil.sg for the discount code before online registration.

Apply for NAC's Capability Development Grant by 15 April 2020 and you may have 70% of your course fee subsidised! Find out more here.

Facilitator:

Sarah Odedina has worked in publishing for almost 30 years and most of that time in the world of books for young readers. She has edited and published some of the biggest names in the field including J K Rowling, Neil Gaiman and Celia Rees. Sarah is editor-at-large for Pushkin Press Children’s Books as well as editor for SCOOP magazine. She also conducts workshops around the world for authors and editors working in the field of children’s literature.She is an advocate for diversity in children’s books. Her books are typically cause-based concept books and fiction that encourage young readers to be more compassionate and inclusive.

Cancellation:

The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to 5 working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Those who did not turn up at the workshop will not receive a refund.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation and withdrawal policy and accept the terms contained therein.

Please note there is no lift to the venue.

Workshop Schedule:

  • 20 August 2020, Thursday, 9.30am to 5.30pm
  • 21 August 2020, Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm
  • 22 August 2020, Saturday, 9.30am to 5.30pm
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