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Starting a Young Adult Novel

We will begin our day by looking at the openings of three to four diverse YA novels, among them John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, Nina LaCour’s Hold Still, and/or Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty. We’ll weave craft issues into the discussion, concentrating on character development and voice. You will leave with a number of prompts for getting started.

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Instructor: Jacqueline Kolosov

Class Type: 1 Session

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Start Date: 04/23/2016

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Jacqueline Kolosov

Jacqueline Kolosov’s young adult novels include The Red Queen’s Daughter (Hyperion, 2007) and A Sweet Disorder (Hyperion, 2009), both set in Elizabethan England. Her latest novels for teens are Paris, Modigliani & Me (Luminis, 2015) and Along the Way (Luminis, 2015). She has also written a middle-grade novel, Grace from China (Yeong & Yeong). She also writes literary fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry with recent work in The Sewanee Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Southern Review. She serves on the creative writing and literature faculty at Texas Tech University and has taught workshops at the Cape Cod Writer’s Festival, Gemini Ink (San Antonio), and other venues. An avid horsewoman, yogi & long distance runner, she lives with her family and an overwhelming number of animals in west Texas. Visit her at

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