Writers' Workshop Program

—Kristen-Paige Madonia—

“Who, What, When, & Why: An Intro to Young-Adult Lit”

“Who, What, When, & Why: An Intro to Young-Adult Lit
Open to all, $550
January 16–20, 2017

Workshop Description

As one of the newest, largest, and most diverse genres in the industry, it is often difficult to define young-adult literature. Through the examination and discussion of Y.A. craft techniques, this class will explore successful tools used to create the unique tone and momentum found in young-adult lit.

This workshop will focus on analysis of the elements of young-adult fiction. Structural elements such as character, plot, point of view, and conflict will be discussed in addition to stylistic elements such as voice, pacing, authenticity, and writing with a sense of urgency. We’ll discuss essays and novel chapters written by published writers, which you will receive ahead of time; however, our primary focus will be the student workshop. By studying the technical elements of storytelling, this course aims to help students become more incisive readers, more effective critics of Y.A. fiction, and more confident creative writers.


•     This workshop is open to all levels on a first-come, first-served basis and requires no advance submission. The cost is $550. Minimum deposit of $100 is required to register, with the balance due within 30 days. Enrollment is now open. Scroll to the bottom of this page to make payment. 

•     Each confirmed participant will submit one original piece of young-adult fiction, either a short story or the first chapter of a novel (up to eighteen pages), by December 1. All students are expected to read submissions, along with other works assigned by the instructor, in advance of the workshop.

•     If you have taken Madonia’s introductory workshop before, please note that some class material may be repeated.

Financial Assistance is available to those who would not otherwise be able to attend—click here for guidelines and application.

About Kristen-Paige Madonia

Kristen-Paige Madonia is the author of the young-adult novels Invisible Fault Lines and Fingerprints of You. Hailed by Judy Blume as “a remarkable young novelist,” Madonia was the 2012 D. H. Lawrence Fellow, and her short fiction has appeared in such publications as the Greensboro Review, Five Chapters, New Orleans Review, and American Fiction: Best Previously Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers. She has received awards and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Hambidge Center, the Vermont Studio Center, Juniper Summer Writing Institute, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat, Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Studios of Key West. She was the 2010 recipient of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival award and was granted the Marianne Russo Fellowship to attend the 2008 Key West Literary Seminar. She holds an MFA from California State University, Long Beach and currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she teaches creative writing at the University of Virginia and James Madison University. She is also a Faculty Mentor with the University of Nebraska’s low-residency MFA in Writing Program. Visit her at


Kristen-Paige Madonia’s Workshop is now full. If and when an enrolled participant drops out of the workshop, we will offer the space to members of the waitlist in order of sign-up.

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