Want to write YA?

96d370_41c299299b034fb4a2343ef2fb06cde1.jpg_srz_116_112_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzI’m running my Writing for Teenagers online course again from… today. (It’s June? Seriously? Blimey.)

On this eight week online course you’ll learn:

What young adult fiction actually is (and how to decide what age group you actually want to write for).

How to come up with inspired ideas.

How to create believable characters.

How to write convincing dialogue.

How to grab readers right from the first page and keep them hooked to the last.

The teen fiction cliches you may want to avoid (or not!).

It will basically be eight weeks’ access to the contents of my head. But, you know, in a good way.

(Plus I share my edit notes AND I’ve bothered a bunch of top YA authors for their tips.)

The price is £50. For the full course. Payable in advance via Paypal.

To put your name down – or if you have any questions – please email me.

Nice things people have said:

“This course is an ideal introduction to the YA genre. The reading list is excellent and varied and the discussions were thought provoking. I especially enjoyed Keris’s posts on writing, which dispelled some of the myths I had about writers and inspired me to give it a go myself (now I know everyone gets stuck in the middle!). Another plus point for me was that the course was flexible and therefore easier to fit around work and family.” Suzanne Adams

“Keris provided detailed examples and lots of really useful resources that I can return to and explore further. Keris’s links with a range of YA authors is apparent and many have kindly shared their writing experiences. It’s really useful to see that range so you finally get a feeling that one size doesn’t fit all and that there really isn’t only one right way to write. What this course does, is to start to help you find the right way for you.” Kirsty Stanley

“The course for me was well rounded and packed with enough information/guidelines for the novice writer to put together a jolly good book. It’s the best fifty quid I’ve spent in a long time.” Paula Smith

“This is such a friendly and fun way to learn about writing for teenagers. You can contribute as much or as little as you like, read and review some great YA books, and pester the tutor with those questions you’ve always been too afraid to ask. I know I did!” Helen Maslin

“So inspiring and informative! I found the whole approach a brilliant way in to talking about the issues surrounding writing and editing YA.” Harriet Reuter Hapgood

“This course was perfect for getting a better understanding of what makes good YA fiction. Using the books on the reading list along with Keris’ questions helped me to think deeply about different writing styles, what worked for me and what didn’t. Keris also gave us lots of tips and links to resources. The course was fun, not overly time-consuming, and practical. And I particularly welcome the opportunity to post some of my writing up for feedback. Absolutely worth the money, thank you.” Alison Clayton-Smith

“I’ve loved the course. It’s been supportive, inspiring and helpful. It’s given me more confidence and enthusiasm to keep going.” Lesley Taylor