Join Young Adult author Julian R. Vaca as he details the critical, foundational components to writing an impactful YA novel from start to finish. He’ll break down everything from practical steps needed to complete a first draft, to industry insights. Most importantly, you’ll gain the needed encouragement and confidence to get a completed story on the page. There will also be opportunities to workshop pages and sample chapters, receive real time critique, and more.
Julian R. Vaca is a first generation Mexican American and a first generation college graduate. He is currently a staff writer on PBS’s Reconnecting Roots, a nationally broadcast show that drew in millions of viewers over its first two seasons. He is the co-writer of Pencil Test, a feature-length documentary that's being executive produced by Disney animation legend Tom Bancroft (Earnest Films, 2023).
Julian also has an extensive background in acting, earning a principal role in CMT's Still the King for two seasons. He also stars as the host of Lifeway’s “Gospel Project for Kids,” and dozens of other projects.
His debut Young Adult series The Memory Index (HarperCollins) is available wherever books are sold. Julian is repped by Natalie Kimber of The Rights Factory.
Julian is new to The Porch. Welcome!