Young Adult Fiction

with Zan Romanoff in Hancock Park

Eight Tuesdays
7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 15 to December 10, 2019
(with no class on November 26)

Writing young adult fiction should be easy, right? We’ve been young. We’ve had dysfunctional families, unhealthy friends, and embarrassing moments in the school bathroom. Maybe we've had compelling childhood fantasies of dystopian fairylands or alien creatures to chase across the galaxy. But it is every bit as complex to write a YA or middle grade story as it is to write one for adults. This eight-week workshop will explore YA’s unique parameters, how to get back in touch with your younger self, and the traditional elements of all good storytelling: character, setting, plot, style, language, and narrative voice. There will be readings and in-class exercises to help you develop your YA novel or short story. In the second half of class, students will have the opportunity to workshop a piece of writing they're interested in revising and expanding. 

This class will take place in Hancock Park, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 for new students; $380 for returning students
(Payment plans available to returning students.)

Zan Romanoff is a full-time freelance writer and author of the novels A Song to Take the World Apart (2016) and Grace and the Fever (2017). Two more books, Look and a currently untitled project, will be published by Dial Books for Young Readers. Her nonfiction has appeared online and in print in Allure, Buzzfeed, Elle, GQ, The Los Angeles Times, Lucky Peach, The New Republic, and The Paris Review Daily, among other outlets. She lives and writes in Los Angeles.



"Grace and the Fever is a clear-eyed portrait of 'the girls of the internet' . . . a YA novel that does the fangirl justice." —The Verge

"[Grace and the Fever is a] smart, warm, feminist ode to anyone who has ever been eighteen, made a mess of their own life, spent their late night hours on Tumblr, or loved a band so much it hurt." —Katie Coyle, Vivian Apple at the End of the World

"[In A Song to Take the World Apart], Zan Romanoff has created a hypnotic, lush coming of age story about what it means to have a voice.” —Emily Gould, Friendship

"With its dark sexiness, moody LA atmosphere, and fresh take on age-old legends, A Song to Take the World Apart will lure readers into its grip and keep them there.” —Bennett Madison, September Girls