Instructor: Gillian French
Date & Time: Saturday, April 20 | 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Location: Belfast Free Library
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: Member: $50 | Nonmember: $105
Registration Closes: April 15
Coming of age is universal—everyone experiences the heartache, disillusionment, and general trial-by-fire necessary for their passage into adulthood. Few narratives are more poignant on the page than a well-crafted coming-of-age story. But how do writers of young adult novels craft a fictional voice and world that does not veer off into the territory of an adult novel told in the nostalgic voice?
In this workshop, participants will learn how to capture the essential immediacy needed to convey a story to a largely teen audience. The class will compare the narrative voice and structure of successful YA novels versus adult novels with a teen protagonist, using readings from authors such as Harper Lee, Carson McCullers, E. Lockhart, and Demetra Brodsky.
Attendees will learn about authentic character building, vivid dialogue, and scene setting that serves to form a world reflecting a teen reader’s current state of flux—often with the added bonus of having crossover appeal to an adult audience.
Participants will also complete a writing exercise designed to help them filter a recollection from their teen years through a fictional lens, infusing it with intensity and conflict; those who wish to share their work will receive brief constructive, supportive feedback from the group.
Gillian French is the author of three books from HarperTeen and one from Islandport Press; her first novel, Grit, was an Edgar Award finalist and winner of a Maine Literary Award, Lupine Award, an Indie Next List pick, and received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and ALA Booklist. Her short fiction has placed in Writer’s Digest and Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope: All Story. She lives in central Maine with her husband and sons. VISIT gillianfrench.com.
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