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Introduction to Writing Young Adult Fiction

Learn how to develop narratives from a teenage point of view

To write Young Adult fiction, authors must engage with themes and ideas relevant to teenagers, approach their stories from an appropriate point of view, and ensure that personal nostalgia or stereotypes do not cloud their vision.

This workshop is designed to help writers discover and develop an appropriate mindset for Young Adult fiction by exploring what makes a story ‘YA’, what responsibilities must be considered when writing for teen readers, elements of craft and, importantly, how to connect with the wider YA community.

Through practical exercises and insights into the creative practice of developing a YA narrative, this workshop will equip writers with skills to create compelling narrative voices, dynamic characters and engaging plots, and provide them with resources to assist through all stages of the writing process.


Your Instructor


Margot McGovern
Margot McGovern

Margot McGovern is a YA author based in Adelaide, Australia.

Her contemporary YA manuscript, Neverland, was short-listed for the 2015 Text Prize and published by Penguin Random House Australia in April 2018.

Margot holds a creative writing Ph.D. from Flinders University. She blogs at Lectito and her book reviews have appeared in a number of Australia’s leading literary publications. She is represented by Danielle Binks.


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