Thursday, March 8, 2012

Have You Seen This?

"Write your YA book with the guidance of an author published by Penguin and Simon & Schuster."

Nova Ren Suma, author of IMAGINARY GIRLS, will be teaching an online writing class through 

Course description from Nova's blog:

The course starts April 19, and the goal is to come away with the first draft of a YA novel (or middle-grade novel—writers of middle-grade are welcome) by the end of the class! We’ll be talking about ideas, characters, plotting a novel, outlining and how it can help to write the dreaded synopsis before you finish your book, voice, strategies for moving forward and making it to the end, and we’ll also be thinking ahead to revision strategies and agent querying and what publishers are looking for. But mostly, if you take the class, you’ll be writing, writing, writing, and I’ll be reading and commenting on your pages as you go, as will other writers in the class with you! I can’t wait to read the students’ novels.

The class is entirely online, so you don’t have to be here in New York City to take it… There is a one-hour chat session each week, and it’s late enough to accommodate writers on the West Coast (and a transcript will be saved every week if you happen to miss it). So the class will be a lot of work, but it’s flexible… and I think that’s the best part.

You can apply for the class on

The cost is $610, which is too pricey for me right now, but if you have the budget for it,  it might be fun. For more info, check it out on Nova's blog or

Let me know if you sign up!


Carolina Valdez Miller said...

I heard about this. I think it's a fantastic idea, especially for those looking for some direction. I think it's cool she's doing it online!

Kaitlyn Devin and Grace said...

I want to do this class soooooo bad but alas, I am just too broke to shell out the 600 bucks :(

-Kate the Book Buff
The Book Buff: Book Reviews for Regular People

Katie DeKoster said...

Wow - what an amazing experience! Definitely don't have an extra $600, but it's a fantastic idea.

Carolyn V said...

That sounds like a great idea. Too bad I don't have $600. Maybe next time. ;)

Kristin Lenz said...

I hadn't heard of the class - thanks for sharing. Expensive, yes, but so comprehensive - finishing a complete draft. Much more than the typical class where only a chapter gets critiqued.

Hardygirl said...

Wow!! And she's an AMAZING writer.


Juju at Tales of said...

How very cool. I love how the YA/MG writers community reaches out to one another.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Definitely too pricey for me too. But it sounds good.

Jemi Fraser said...

Why do I not have unlimited disposable income? *sigh* Sounds like a great course.

Susanne Drazic said...

Sounds like it will be an awesome writing course. I just don't have that kind of money to spend right now.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Gina C said...

thank for sharing - looks like a great class :)

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