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

Want to write for teenagers?

omglolI’m running my Writing for Teenagers online course again from 1 April.

Learn more here.

“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

“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

Writing for Teenagers course starts 1 February

omglolI’m running my Writing for Teenagers course again next month.

It runs for six weeks, costs just £50 and you can read all about it here or email me for more info.

But don’t take my word for it…

“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

“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

“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

Come and ring my Mightybell

That sounds smutty, I know. (Well it does to me. Maybe it’s just me.)

But, no, Mightybell is a really cool site for online communities and it’s  where I now run my online courses from. Look, it’s pretty…

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… and it’s v user-friendly too.

Writing for Teenagers is a 6-week course and starts again 6 October. Beyond the First Draft is a 4-week course and starts 1 November. I’ve run them both before and nice people have said nice things. Look!

Writing for Teenagers

“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

“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

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

Beyond the First Draft

“There are so many courses out there that it’s difficult to know which one to choose. I really wanted help with editing and I found Keris’s course to be exactly what I wanted. It was packed with the sort of information that sometimes I’ve been afraid to ask about or simply hadn’t thought of. It was accessible, friendly and so ridiculously useful that I urge you to do it! I’ve learnt things that will be forever relevant. It’s a healthy dose of blunt advice and guidance that has steered me though the nightmare that can be editing, querying and synopsis writing. So glad I took part.” Sarah Bryers

Each course costs £50, payable via Paypal. If you would like any more information, email me

Writing course: Beyond the first draft

I’m running another online course. Oh yes I am.

nuttakitSo you’ve finished your first draft. Yay! And congratulations. Do you know how many people finish writing a novel? No, nor do I, but it’s nowhere near as many people as start one. So you’re already ahead.

But you know you can’t start sending that thing off to agents right? You know it’s probably a bit, um… well, it’s probably just not… It needs work, let’s put it that way. But where do you even start working on it? And then, when it’s done – because it will, eventually, be done (ish) – what do you do with it?

You’ll need to write a synopsis. They suck.

And then you’ll need to query agents. That’s no fun.

And then you know what you should probably do? Start writing another novel.

It’s a lot to take in, I know. But I can help. I’ve written lots of novels. I’ve had three published. I’ve sweated over synopses, quivered over queries and LOST MY MIND rewriting (I know I was doing an alliteration thing there, but rewriting is REALLY HARD).

This four week course is all online so you can do it in you pyjamas (this is one of the main perks of being a writer) and it’s flexible (so there’s no need to panic if you don’t get everything done in the four weeks).

It starts 1 September 2013 and the price is £50. For the full course. Payable in advance via Paypal.

Any questions, please email me.

NICE THINGS PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT MY WRITING FOR TEENAGERS COURSE:

“Keris is an inspiration. She’s been there, worn the tee-shirt and she’s brilliantly at advising, coaching and giving you the specific ‘how-to’ of making your writing dreams into a reality.” Suzy Greaves, Life Coach and creator of The Big Writing Club.

“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

“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

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

ABOUT ME:

I’ve had three novels published by Orchard Books:

Della Says: OMG!

“A fun, delicious treat you’ll want to eat up in a single bite!” Meg Cabot

Jessie Hearts NYC

”A breezy summer rom-com with oodles of New York glamour.” The Bookseller

Emma Hearts LA

“In-depth characters make this a light read that’s not frothy at all.” Kiss magazine

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