Finding Your YA Voice

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Finding Your YA Voice


Young Adult fiction is a thriving genre in the publishing world. If the story is the house, we will study all the elements to build the right foundation: voice, character, setting, plot, point of view, and the lyrical use of language. How do you draw a reader in, paint a picture, and weave a narrative that is undeniably compelling? Students will be introduced to a range of technical and imaginative skills through creative exercises, reading assignments, and discussions. After being circulated and formally critiqued by the class in a workshop setting, students will each revise and complete their own first twenty pages of a Young Adult novel that contains a voice readers will want to follow anywhere.

  • Instructor: Stewart Lewis

  • Length of workshop: 6 weeks

  • Date: Thursdays, October 10 - November 21; no class Oct. 31

  • Time: 7 - 9 p.m.

  • Location: Porch HQ
    2811 Dogwood Pl.
    Nashville, TN 37204

  • Cost: $240/Non-Member; $216/Member ** Don’t forget to use your membership code at checkout!

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After receiving an MFA from the University of Southern California, Stewart Lewis has published six critically acclaimed Young Adult and Adult Fiction novels, and several non-fiction essays online and in anthologies. His books have been translated into five languages, as well as optioned for film. He was a professor of Creative Non-Fiction at the University of Maryland for six years, and has recently relocated to Nashville, where he’s excited to become a part of the literary community. Stewart’s forthcoming novel, Happily Whatever After, will be published in the fall of 2020. In addition to writing and teaching, Stewart has toured as a professional singer songwriter, and served as a radio journalist for CBS.