Writing for the YA Market: A Fangs Optional Workshop
Saturday 16th June
$60 members / $90 non members
Commercially & historically speaking, Harry Potter gave it a good nudge. Of course, when Stephenie Meyer brought Twilight into the arena, that nudge became a shove. And that’s all it took for authors of Young Adult novels the world over to pick it up and carry it over the finish line to create one of the most amazing phenomena in literary history. Editors and publishers couldn’t get enough YA fiction and everyone from Stephen King and James Paterson down wanted a piece of the action. Then John Green came along and the playing field changed again.
Why is this happening? Kaz Delaney will examine the ingredients of a successful YA novel, what it takes to get a novel into the hands of an editor today, and speak about her own journey. She will discuss tone, markets, audience, agents, selling across two continents and popular culture in the context of the YA novel.
Participants will have the opportunity to create their own compelling YA protagonist and be encouraged to dig deep to find the story that drives them.
Tutor Kaz Delaney
Award winning YA & children’s author, Kaz Delaney, and her alter ego, Kerri Lane have currently sold 72 books between them. Kaz’s current title The Reluctant Jillaroo (Allen & Unwin reader age 11-14) ) is a departure, being an Australian rural romance – the subgenre that’s become a firm favourite with both Australian and overseas readers. Her crossover novel Dead Actually, (A&U, reader age 14+) was the recipient of the ARRA Award for Favourite Paranormal, and the Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel, and was long listed for a Davitt Award in the children’s/YA section. Lake Macquarie resident Kaz divides her time between teaching and writing.