Writers' Workshop Program

—Kristen-Paige Madonia—

“Young Adult Lit: Not Just for Kids”

“Young Adult Lit: Not Just for Kids
All levels, $550.00
January 11–15, 2016

Workshop Description

As one of the newest, largest, and most diverse genres in the industry, it is often difficult to define Young Adult Lit. Through the examination and discussion of YA craft techniques, this class will explore successful tools used to create the unique tone and momentum found in Young Adult Literature.

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 YA fiction, and more confident creative writers.


• This workshop is open to all levels. Each participant will submit one original piece of Young Adult fiction, either a short story or the first chapter of a novel (up to 18 pages), by December 15. All students are expected to read submissions, along with other works assigned by the instructor, in advance of the workshop.

To Register, answer the questions at the bottom of this page, then click “Register” to go to our secure payment page, where you will enter your full contact info and payment details. The full cost of this four-day workshop is $550.00.

About Kristen-Paige Madonia

Kristen-Paige Madonia is the author of Fingerprints of You, a young adult literary novel published in 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Her second novel, Invisible Fault Lines, is forthcoming in 2016. Her short fiction has appeared in various publications including the Greensboro Review, Five Chapters, the New Orleans Review, American Fiction: Best Previously Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers, and Sycamore Review; she has received awards or fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat, Millay Colony for the Arts, the Key West Literary Seminar, and The Studios of Key West. She was the 2012 D.H. Lawrence Fellow and was awarded the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Prize in 2010. She holds a master’s degree in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach, and a bachelor’s in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University. Kristen-Paige currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia and is a member of the University of Nebraska, Omaha, low-residency MFA faculty. She also teaches creative writing at the University of Virginia, James Madison University, and WriterHouse.

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