Instructor: Maria Padian
Date & Time:
Saturday, March 9 | 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location:
Graves Library, Kennebunkport
Level:
Open
Maximum Attendees:
12
Fee:
Member: $80 | Nonmember: $135
Registration Closes: March 1


How can adult authors best dramatize the voice, pace, and real-life concerns of their characters when writing young adult fiction? It is not simply a matter of creating characters who say “like” at every breath, streamlining description, tossing in references to suicide or gender, or limiting a novel’s word-count to 65,000. So how does one find the sweet spot of authentic voice, honest emotion, and page-turning suspense?

Using examples from a variety of novels, the first two hours of the workshop will focus on four essential elements of young adult fiction:

  • great beginnings that hook readers from page one
  • a confident narrative voice
  • dialogue that sounds true to readers
  • action that creates an emotion-driven, fast-moving plot

Participants will explore these elements and discuss what clangs and what rings true when writing fiction for young adults. The class will then workshop an excerpt from a work-in-progress by each participant, keeping in mind the morning’s discussion.

+ SUBMIT After registering, participants are asked to submit an excerpt from a YA work-in-progress of up to 1,500 words in standard formatting (1” margins, double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman) by no later than 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 1.  Please email the manuscript to perry@mainewriters.org with the subject line: “PADIAN WORKSHOP MSS.” *Word docs (ideally) or PDFs only, please.


Padian 100x100Maria Padian writes realistic young adult fiction from her home in Brunswick, Maine. Her work has been honored by YALSA, the Maine Library Association, Bank Street College, and the Maine Literary Awards. Her novels include Brett McCarthy: Work in Progress (Knopf, 2008); Jersey Tomatoes Are the Best (Knopf, 2011); Out of Nowhere (Knopf, 2013) and Wrecked (Algonquin Books for Young Readers, 2016.) Follow her on Twitter @mpadian. VISIT www.mariapadian.com

 


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For any questions regarding this workshop, please contact Hannah Perry at perry@mainewriters.org.

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SCHOLARSHIP
The MWPA is proud to offer one full scholarship to this workshop for members-only. Scholarships are awarded on a combination of need and merit. Application Due in the MWPA office on February 26 at 9:00 a.m.
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