ONLINE WORKSHOP: How to Write About Issues In YA (Without Making it an Issue)

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Portrait of Nicole Hayes
02 August 2020 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Nicole Hayes
Issues-driven YA fiction continues to push boundaries and challenge readers and publishers alike. But how do you explore an issue in an engaging way without preaching or lecturing? What are the challenges and pitfalls? Drawing on examples, writing conventions and exercises, this workshop will help identify what issues are perennially relevant, current and emerging, and offer strategies to apply to your own writing – to help you better make your point, without losing the reader.

This workshop will be run online. Detailed information for participation will be provided.

Included in this course:

  • 2.5 hours of information, education, industry insider advice, tricks and tips
  • An annotated reading list to provide context to your learnings
  • Writing exercises to help hone your craft and reinforce your new skills
  • 1 hour interactive webinar for questions, clarifications, and skills extension
  • Personalised feedback from Nicole on your first page (up to 250 words)


Learning Outcomes

  • Current and emerging trends in Issues-driven YA
  • Examples that work and some that don’t
  • Where do you start – with the story or the issue?
  • Finding the right voice and striking the right tone
  • How not to speak down to your reader


Schedule for the Day:

  • 10 - 11:15am: First webinar with Nicole Hayes
  • 11:45am - 1pm: Second webinar with Nicole Hayes
  • 3 - 4pm: Interactive webinar for questions, clarifications, and more casual instructions based on your experiences
  • First pages to be sent to Nicole for feedback


About Nicole Hayes

Nicole Hayes is an award winning author and podcaster. Her books include YA novels A Shadow’s Breath, shortlisted for NSW Premier’s Literary Award and a CBCA Notable Book; One True Thing, winner of the Children’s Peace Literature Award and shortlisted for WA Premier’s Literary Award; and The Whole of My World, a YA #MeToo novel about AFL football. Nicole runs writing workshops for adults and young people and is a Stella Prize in Schools Ambassador.

If you’re purchasing a full price workshop at $215, consider a full price one-year membership ($75) plus member-priced workshop ($155) will cost just $230 and give you discounts on all our services plus six free copies of ‘The Victorian Writer’ magazine.


And if you have a concession card, a one-year membership ($55) plus member-concession workshop ($135) will cost you only $190.

Concession $ 135.00
Member $ 155.00
Non-member $ 215.00
Donation $ 0.00

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