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Winter School: How to Write Your Perfect YA Novel



Eli Glasman




Teenage readers are among the most discerning critics. If they’re not enjoying your book they’ll say so.

a portrait of Eli Glasman

Eli Glasman


Cover some of the foundations of writing for young adults, including how to create relatable characters, write realistic dialogue and structure engaging plots that teenagers, and many adults, will enjoy.

You will learn

  • how to understand the teenage voice, and how to use it without getting too ‘angsty’, or projecting an adult voice into your work
  • how to structure a coherent and engaging plot – including a compelling central conflict and subplots for a YA readership
  • how to realistically and effectively develop a teenage character over the course of a novel
  • how to write fluid dialogue that exists to forward the story, define a character, yet also remains authentic. Through practice and reading, we will explore ways of getting dialogue just right
  • to avoid clichés and find the authenticity in a character and a story

About Eli Glasman

Eli Glasman is a Melbourne-based author. His debut novel, ‘The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew’, concerns a homosexual boy in the Melbourne orthodox Jewish community. His short fiction has appeared in ‘Voiceworks’ and ‘Sleepers Almanac’ and in 2013 he was placed second in the Josephine Ulrick Short Story Competition.

Read about Eli's thoughts on contemporary YA literature in this Q&A.

Winter School

Read more about other workshops in our Winter School program:

Winter School: Writing Grief and Trauma, 10 July

Winter School: Authorpreneurship - The Business of Creativity, 12 July

Winter School: A Crash Course in Freelance Journalism, 13 July

Winter School: Other People’s Lives – Storytelling and Ethics, 14 July

Winter School: Writing and Structuring Memoir, 15 July

Winter School: Lessons from Commercial Fiction, 16 July

Winter School: Writing Place, 17 July

Winter School: Writing and Advocacy, 18 July

Winter School: Finding Your Voice, 19 July

Winter School: Writing for Performance, 20 July

Winter School: Science Writing, 21 July

Winter School: Creativity 101, 22 July

Winter School: Writing Science Fiction, 23 July

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Registration for this event ended on 11 July 2017 - 8:00
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