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Starts March 4th, 2024

How to Write Young Adult Fiction

Your Host

He's Young at Heart...

Daniel Kaplan

Join our expert story coach, Daniel, for compelling video lessons and additional live sessions held online via Zoom throughout the month.

Live session dates and times for the March cohort are:

Session 1 - Monday, March 4th, 7:30 pm ET
Session 2 - Monday, March 11th, 7:30 pm ET
Session 3 - Monday, March 18th, 7:30 pm ET
Session 4 - Monday, March 25th, 7:30 pm ET

If you can't make it to a session, don't worry – recordings will be uploaded for you to enjoy at your own pace alongside the rest of the course.

a comprehensive journey through this broad genre

Pen a Captivating Young Adult Novel with Expert Guidance

Recommended Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced

From foundational practices to specific, scene-based methods, you’ll explore the core techniques and "rules" of writing great fiction stories for young adult audiences.

Uncover what young readers want to see, create a convincing main character, structure your plot, and ratchet up the tension as you immerse yourself in every essential element of writing a satisfying story.

Whether you're a veteran writer looking to refine your craft or a newcomer to the world of Young Adult Fiction, our live interactive sessions and wealth of assignments will give you the tools and techniques to tell your story with maximum impact.

The techniques you'll discover throughout this guide to writing young adult fiction are applicable whether you'll be writing fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery, or any other type of genre for a YA audience.


Explore the Full Curriculum


In this foundation-setting introductory module, we’ll explore:

  • What all young adult novels have in common, no matter the sub-genre.
  • How to navigate audience expectations for specific sub-genres, such as fantasy, sci-fi and mystery.
  • Simple tests to see if you have a solid story hook or main character before you get started.
  • Quickly and easily generate wildly different characters, complete with realistic backstory, believable personalities and motivations that capture the attention of the young adult audience.
  • Ensure characters earn their right to be on the page and remain distinct from one another.
  • Enter the YA headspace and build meaning and stakes that are relatable concerns for young adult readers, without sounding like a finger-wagging parental figure.
  • Analyze how written technique differs between adult and young adult fiction, including POV, use of voice and language, and avoiding “talking down” to your reader. 
  • Uncover the secrets employed by bestselling authors to grab (and hold) the attention of younger readers across the length of a complete novel.
  • Explore what makes a compelling scene, versus a flat one that will leave audiences cold.
  • Examine ways to build tension, techniques to manage pacing, and how to “frame” important moments in your story in the most effective manner.
  • Develop mood and atmosphere without falling foul of the simple mistakes most aspiring authors make that leaves their work drenched in cliché.
  • Get to grips with the core considerations you need to cover before starting a series.
  • Master the art of planting clues and leaving unanswered questions… without driving your audience mad with unwanted or unearned cliffhangers.

Forge Unforgettable YA Fiction

All the tools and lessons to help you succeed

Young Adult Writing

4 complete modules to help you give the young adult audience what they want and need, featuring video lessons, live classes and module assignments.

Creative Supplements

Access to supplements and examples for contextualized key learning.


Easy-to-follow worksheets, including our full Character Creator to help shape the people of your story.

Writing Prompts

50 amazing young adult fiction writing prompts to fire up your imagination.

Class Discussions

Connect with like-minded authors as you engage in exercises!

Writers Love Our Courses

Daryl M.​
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The guest speakers alone are worth the price of admission. It’s like a writer’s convention in your home. Well worth the time, effort, and investment. ​
Joseph P.
Joseph P.Author
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I’ve never felt so welcome and valued in a course before. Both teachers and students were so graceful towards one another from start to finish.​
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Excellent quality, filled with recommendations, advice and content, as promised. There was a LOT more added into it than I was expecting to receive. What an eye opener this was for me!
Jared S.
Jared S.Author
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These courses are helping me build my confidence and skill as a writer. I love that I keep access to the materials after the class is finished.
Megan L.
Megan L.Author
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Love the efficiency and value of the course. The offline work paired with the lessons, then reinforced by the live class, in addition to real-time instructor/student feedback.
our promise to you

100% Money Back Guarantee

Writing Young Adult Fiction is a deep, thoughtful, and jam-packed course with a complete look at what it takes to write great fiction for young adults.
We think you'll love it.

But if you don’t believe that anything you’ve encountered throughout the course has helped make you a better writer, we’re not going to just forget about you. Your purchase is an investment in your skills – so it’s only fair you expect an improvement in your abilities.

If you feel that hasn’t happened, just let us know within 60 days of purchase and we’ll be happy to offer you a full refund.

Register Now: Course Begins March 4th