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Micol Ostow

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

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 after 30 days.

•     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.

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

about Micol Ostow

Micol Ostow has been writing professionally since 2004, and in that time has written and/or ghostwritten over 50 works for young readers. She received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has taught YA and MG writing courses through, Miami Dade College, and The Highlights Foundation. Many of her students have gone on to publication with projects workshopped with Micol.

Micol’s graphic-hybrid novel, So Punk Rock (and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother), was named an Independent Publisher Book Awards Silver Medalist in Multicultural Fiction, and a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens. Her horror novel Amity, was hailed by both Buzzfeed and the New York Public Library as one of the top YA horror novels of 2014.

Micol’s first chapter book series, the critically-acclaimed “Louise Trapeze,” debuted in Spring 2015 from Random House, featuring illustrations by the New York Times bestselling artist Brigette Barrager.

She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, alongside her Emmy Award-winning husband, their daughters, and a finicky French bulldog. Visit her at