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Afternoon Workshop - Laurel Wenson: Young Adult isn't a genre, So What the Heck IS It?

  • 22 Jan 2022
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Virtual via Zoom meeting
  • 6


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Afternoon Workshop

1:30 - 3:00pm

Laurel Wenson:

Workshop: So if Young Adult isn’t a genre, what the heck is it?

How many of us have said to another writer “Tell me about what genre you write,” only to hear “I write Young Adult” as the reply.  While we often accept YA as a genre in today’s world, it’s actually an audience classification which encompasses countless genres.  We’ll start off this afternoon exploring a more in depth look at the history of Young Adult fiction and how much it has changed over time. We’ll then look closely at various excerpts from numerous genres to discuss the many considerations needed in writing for younger audiences, including topics of point of view, popular conflicts and themes (and why they are key to this age group), dialogue and language, and most importantly, characters that younger adults can relate to immediately.

After exploring key works of young adult fiction, each person will be invited to then create a character, along with a few traits, a major conflict, a genre (can include setting), and a short plot idea. As time allows, we’ll ask for people to share their ideas to get a little feedback. Anyone who has something already written is free to use that information in this part of the exercise.

NOTE: All registrants will be emailed an outline to follow along a few days prior to the workshop, and images used by the presenter will be emailed to all within a few days afterwards.



About Laurel Wenson

Laurel Wenson is the author of the Caldwell series: A Promise to Keep, A Heart to Heal, A Family to Cherish, and A Place to Belong – all written for a YA audience.    She has taught in the homeschool community and various performing arts venues for over fifteen years, teaching English, theater, and various electives to students from pre-school through high school. She currently runs her online business Lessons by Laurel, focusing on English classes for all ages, private tutoring for high school and college students, and online coaching for other writers who need help with self-publishing. She lives in Bethlehem, PA with her husband (fellow author Robert Wenson), two adult daughters, and one clueless feline.



Date: Afternoon Program, Jan 22,


Time: 1:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Zoom meeting link and password will be sent when you register.

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