Writing for Young Adults

Mon 5 November 2018 - Sat 10 November 2018
Tutors / Lucy Christopher & Melvin Burgess
Guest Reader / Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Course Fee / From £495 - £625 per person
Genres / Creative WritingFictionWriting for Children and Young Adults
Language / English

Writing for teenagers has grown from small beginnings into one of the most exciting areas of writing today. Adolescent lies right at the beginnings of adult life, and experiences then shape who we are to become – no wonder it attracts so many fine writers. We aim to help you to understand and develop the principles of YA fiction – the need for strong stories, a strong sense of place and believable characters with an authentic voice is paramount. There is also plenty of scope for experimentation – YA is still growing into itself! We’ll be looking at how story works, its relationship with setting and character and many other aspects of writing full length pieces for this age group.


Lucy Christopher

Lucy Christopher is the bestselling and international award-winning author of Stolen, Flyaway, The Killing Woods and Storm-Wake. She grew up in Australia, but moved to the UK to earn an MA and PhD in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University where she now works as a Senior Lecturer. Stolen won many awards including the Branford Boase, Gold Inky, Prix Farniente and the Printz Honor. Stolen was also shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards, the CBCA Award for Older Readers, and the Carnegie Medal. Flyaway won an International Reading Association Award, and shortlisted for the Costa Prize, Waterstones prize, Prime Minister's Literary Awards, and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. The Killing Woods was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award. Lucy is co-writing the screen adaptation of Stolen, and is currently working on her fifth novel for young adults and a novel for adults.

Melvin Burgess

Over 25 years, Melvin Burgess has built up an international reputation for writing hard-hitting books for teenagers. His seminal YA novel, JUNK, won the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award in 1996, and was voted one of the top ten Carnegie winners of all time. He won the LA Times Best Young Adult Book of the Year Award for Doing It, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 by the YA Book Prize. He is also the UK’s current nomination for the international Hans Andersen Award for 2018.

Guest Reader

Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Kiran Millwood Hargrave is a poet, playwright, and author of children’s books including The Island at the End of Everything, and The Girl of Ink & Stars. The latter, Kiran’s debut, won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017 and was Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards 2017, and was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award, The Jhalak Prize, and the Little Rebels Book Prize, amongst others.

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