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Writing YA: Capturing the Teen Voice with Molly Horan


4 Sessions

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Once a week Tuesdays, 6:30 pm EDT - 8:30 pm EDT June 4 to June 25, 2024

Online via Zoom

Young adult fiction has become a rich literary classification covering all genres, from fantasy to literary fiction to magical realism. The one unifying theme across all YA is a sense of hope in the conclusion—for the protagonist, their community, or even humankind. Over the course of four weeks, we will workshop students’ YA novel excerpts. We will pay close attention to voice and dialogue, as well as study and practice the importance of world building. We will also discuss the importance of representation and the increased visibility of diverse characters in young adult fiction.

Course Outline
  • Session I: An introduction to YA fiction: YA history, and where it is today. Writing exercises will focus on creating believable dialogue.
  • Session II: Focus on World Building: Whether you’re writing fantasy of realism, its essential you capture the space your teen protagonist inhabits and what it’s like for them to be there.
  • Session III: Workshop: Students will bring in short pieces of YA fiction that will be workshopped by the instructor and their classmates.
  • Session IV: Where to Go From Here: In addition to writing exercises, students will be introduced to the world of YA publishing, agents, and how to pursue a writing life in this sphere after the class is over.
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    Molly Horan

    Molly Horan

    Molly Horan is a lyricist, librettist, playwright, and novelist. Her play The Patron Saint of Other Women won Georgia College Arts and Letters’ 2021 Drama Prize. She was selected as a 2021 Bethany Arts Center artist in resident and a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Governors Island resident, and was awarded a The Betsy Writer’s Residency for
 2022. She is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Advanced Workshop and Librettist Workshop. Her debut novel, Epically Earnest, a YA retelling of The Importance of Being Earnest, was published in 2022. Her first picture book, I Have Seven Dogs, was published in 2023 by Penguin Random House. Her next book, Thanks for Listening, will be released later this year. She currently teaches creative writing and literature at NYU and The School of Visual Arts.