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Young Adult Fiction for Beginners

with Lilliam Rivera in Los Feliz

Two Saturdays
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
February 16 and 23, 2019


From novels in verse to epic fantastical tomes, young adult fiction is an exciting genre that continues to produce compelling work. Whether you grew up reading Judy Blume books or just picked up The Hate U Give, this two-day seminar will explore plot, dialogue, and world building in young adult fiction. Through the use of generative writing exercises and critical analysis of contemporary works, you will learn how to use character studies, write genuine dialogue, and avoid talking down to your readers. You will leave with an understanding of how to capture a realistic young voice.

This seminar is open to students of all levels. It will be held in Los Feliz where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$190 for new students; $170 for returning students

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Lilliam Rivera is an award-winning writer and author of The Education of Margot Sanchez, a contemporary young adult novel available now from Simon & Schuster, and Dealing in Dreams, her second novel that will be published in 2019. Named a "2017 Face to Watch" by the Los Angeles Times, Lilliam's work has appeared in Tin HouseLos Angeles Times, and Latina, to name a few. She lives in Los Angeles.


"Lilliam Rivera's 'American Horror Story' seminar was the best fiction workshop I've taken in years! I came away from Lilliam's class so inspired that I had to pull off the freeway on the way home to write. After discussing all of the best in contemporary horror, both literary and genre, Lilliam offered one last prompt that helped me find a way into a story I had wanted to write for two years. In addition to fantastic readings and prompts, Lilliam's engagement with the subject matter was contagious. All students produced inspired writing in class without hesitation. As a former university professor, I can say that Lilliam's teaching style is top-notch. She was very organized but also left room to explore, encouraging each student to write according to her individual interests and treating everyone as equals. The creative process is often a difficult journey, but Lilliam Rivera's course left a lasting impression of its greatest pleasures." —Lisa Sanchez-Powers

Reviews for The Education of Margot Sanchez

"A debut of great candor, depth, and empathy." —Booklist

"Introducing Lilliam Rivera, one of the most unique and exciting new voices in YA. The Education of Margot Sanchez is funny, poignant, compelling and authentic. She nails the music and conflict of an evolving Bronx, New York. I adore this novel." —Matt de la Peña, Last Stop on Market Street)

“In the hands of debut novelist Lilliam Rivera, Margot's choices—which friends?  which boy?  which future?—take on a tense urgency.  Lively and telling, smart and compelling, Margot Sanchez is a character to take to your heart and Rivera a voice to remember.” —Karen Joy Fowler, The Jane Austen Book Club

“With a passionate voice, Lilliam Rivera weaves a layered, complex story of a girl awakening to herself and her family.” —Cecil Castellucci, Tin Star