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Young Adult Fiction for Beginners

with Sherri L. Smith in Los Feliz

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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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Sherri L. Smith is the author of seven award-winning young adult novels, including the 2009 California Book Awards Gold Medalist, Flygirl, the 2017 SCIBA YA Award winner, Pasadena, and the bestselling middle grade historical fantasy The Toymaker's Apprentice.  Her books appear on multiple state lists and have been named Amelia Bloomer and American Library Association Best Books for Young People selections.  Sherri has worked in comics, animation, and construction.  Currently, she teaches in the MFA Writing program at Goddard College and for Hamline University's Children’s Writing MFA.  Her latest book is Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen?— part of the NY Times bestselling Who Was? series. Learn more at www.sherrilsmith.com.