2014 Workshop Description

Middle Grade/Young Adult: Malin Alegria

First Kiss: A Roller Coaster Ride through Young Adult Lit

Do you remember your first kiss? Do you remember how you felt when hair started growing everywhere? Young adult writing is all about firsts: first love, first heartache, first time you borrowed your parent's car without asking. It's a road map to help us better understand ourselves, each other, and our place in the world.

In this Middle Grad/Young Adult workshop we will explore some of themes and trends in MG/YA and why we love them. We'll write and share some painfully embarrassing scenes, and we'll talk about obstacles and roadblocks that inhibit us from tapping into our authentic teen voice. This workshop is open to writers and poets of all levels who are interested in writing for young adults.