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Kristen-Paige Madonia

Writing Your Way into Y.A.: A Young-Adult Literature Workshop

Kristen-Paige Madonia, photo by Clyo Yllades
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workshop description

Through the examination and discussion of young-adult craft techniques and published excerpts and essays, this class will analyze successful tools used to create the unique tone and momentum found in young adult literature. Reading recommendations and writing prompts will also be provided.

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 will discuss essays and novel chapters written by published writers — which you will receive ahead of time; however, our primary focus will be the student submissions. By studying the technical elements of storytelling, this course aims to help students become more incisive readers, more effective critics of young-adult fiction, and more confident creative writers.


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•     This workshop is open to all levels on a first-come, first-served basis and requires no advance submission. Previous participants are welcome to enroll, though please note that we may utilize excerpts and essays used in previous classes.

•    The cost is $550. A deposit of $100 is required to register.

•     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 double spaced). All students are expected to read submissions, along with other works assigned by the instructor, in advance of the workshop.

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 (2016) and Fingerprints of You (2012), both published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Her short fiction has appeared in various publications, including the Greensboro ReviewFive Chapters, the New Orleans ReviewAmerican Fiction: Best Previously Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Authors, and Sycamore Review. She has received awards or fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Vermont Studio Center, Juniper Summer Writing Institute, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Hedgebrook writing retreat, Millay Colony for the Arts, Key West Literary Seminar, and the Studios of Key West. She was the 2012 D.H. Lawrence fellow and was awarded a Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival prize in 2010.

Madonia holds a master’s degree in creative writing from California State University, Long Beach, and currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her family. She is a member of the University of Nebraska at Omaha low-residency MFA faculty and also teaches creative writing at James Madison University, Goochland County High School, and WriterHouse.